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Rats alter the way they use whiskers

7th July 2014
Rats can change the way they use their whiskers depending on how well they know their surroundings, new research shows.

Uganda cop shoots 'aggressive' tortoise

7th July 2014
Policeman kills reptile after being 'attacked' at home.

Worries over 'cruel' elephant trade

6th July 2014
Wild elephants are being held in horrific conditions in Myanmar as smugglers seek to resume a lucrative trade to Thailand, a report says.

VIDEO: Teaching an endangered bird to love again

6th July 2014
Scientists at the Smithsonian's Conservation Biology Institute in Virginia teach international groups to track wild animals - a skill they hope will help keep count of endangered species around the globe.

Osprey spotted hunting on the Mersey

5th July 2014
A rare bird of prey has been spotted hunting on the River Mersey, says a wildlife charity.

VIDEO: Baby rhino cared for by sheep surrogate

5th July 2014
A baby rhino who was saved after his mother was killed by poachers is on the road to recovery, his rescuers have said.

Wild chimp language translated

4th July 2014
Researchers say they have worked out the meaning of the gestures that wild chimpanzees use to communicate.

Bee watchers help to map species

4th July 2014
Budding bumblebee enthusiasts are being encouraged to take part in a research project designed to help save crucial species.

VIDEO: Secrets of plant roots revealed

3rd July 2014
Plants have been grown inside a microscope to allow scientists to watch their roots developing in 3D.

Public asked to spot woodland moths

3rd July 2014
Members of the public are being asked to send in their sightings of the UK's bizarre and beautiful woodland moths for Moth Night 2014.

VIDEO: Footage of eagle raiding Springwatch nest

3rd July 2014
Video shows a young sea eagle pushing the Springwatch eagle chick out of its nest in an attack never before caught on film in Scotland.

Giraffe legs' strong, skinny secret

3rd July 2014
Scientists have worked out the unique anatomy that allows giraffes' long, spindly legs to support their weight.

Early bird 'had feather trousers'

3rd July 2014
An ancient creature halfway between a dinosaur and a bird had feathered "trousers" on its hindlimbs, a new fossil reveals.

Britain's pioneer ecologists at work

2nd July 2014
Preserving the UK's vulnerable wildlife

Fish memory spans days, not seconds

2nd July 2014
African cichlid fish's memory of feeding areas can span up to twelve days, scientists show.

Caribbean coral reefs 'could vanish'

2nd July 2014
Many coral reefs in the Caribbean could vanish in the next 20 years, according to a report published by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

Dormice 'take naps to fatten up'

2nd July 2014
Naps may help dormice save energy and survive until it is time to hibernate, say scientists.

Deep-diving devil rays solve mystery

1st July 2014
New tracking data shows that Chilean devil rays dive down nearly 2km below the ocean surface.

Cow shot after harbour rescue bid

1st July 2014
A lifeboat is launched to help a cow near Aberdeen Harbour.

First bat recorded on St Kilda

1st July 2014
A bat is recorded for the first time on the remote Scottish archipelago of St Kilda, says the National Trust for Scotland.