The famed Romantic poet Thomas Gray wrote a verse about his friend’s cat drowning in a goldfish bowl. [2 of 2]
Cat poetry has a long history: Christopher Smart wrote a Romantic religious poem featuring his cat Jeoffry while confined in a mental asylum in the 1760s. [1 of 2]
Almost all white tigers have crossed eyes.
The brown tree snake can climb trees and power poles by looping itself into a lasso.
Orangutans, like all great apes, build nests. Sometimes these include pillows, blankets, and bunk beds.
The human gene ABCC11 determines whether your sweat smells bad or not. It also determines whether your earwax is wet or dry.
Bees use sunlight polarisation patterns to navigate. We can train ourselves to detect light polarisation too.
The bristlemouth, a small ugly genus of fish found in the ocean twilight zone, is probably the most common vertebrate on the planet – estimates go as high as the quadrillions.
In 1950 Tuffi the elephant fell 12 metres out of a suspended monorail into a river. She survived.
Just one species of land snail and a few species of freshwater snail glow in the dark.
19th century glass artists Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka provided natural history museums around the world with lifelike glass replicas of marine life.
The Central African hairy frog can break its own bones and stick them through its skin as impromptu claws.
A significant proportion of the food in the deepest ocean falls from discarded giant larvacean houses.
The first camel in Australia shot its owner, the English explorer John Horrocks.
Side-blotched lizards cycle through three different colour patterns and behaviours in an evolutionary game of rock-paper-scissors.
The cookiecutter shark is easily the weirdest shark around: it uses bioluminescence to lure large predators, feeds by suction, sheds whole rows of teeth at once and swallows them, and by weight can be more than one third liver.