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Bonobo Genome Revelation

Scientists have completed the mapping of the bonobo genome. This means that all five great ape species – chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, orangutans and humans – have now had their genomes mapped.

Farewell to Oliver the ‘Humanzee’

Oliver was captured in Africa as a two-year-old in the 1960s and sold to animal trainers in the U.S. For the next few years he was exploited for the fact that he had a flatter face than most chimpanzees and tended to walk upright like a human. Perhaps, his owners suggested, he was a hybrid or a “missing link.”

Chimps, Orangutans Have Human-Like Personalities

Do chimpanzees, orangutans and other nonhuman great apes have distinct personalities like us? It’s been a longstanding debate within the scientific community, and those who seek to exploit these animals have long argued that “personality” is a distinctly human attribute, not shared by any other species.

Fido’s Mysterious Ancestors

Dr. Larson and his colleagues conducted a detailed analysis of DNA 1,375 dogs of 121 breeds, along with 19 wolves. They found that all the modern breeds of dog had been so mixed that their early genetic history was impossible to see.

Yet More Antibiotics in Feed Lots

It’s bad enough that animals at factory farms are being dosed up with antibiotics. Now we’re learning that they’re getting a whole other source of antibiotics, too – not just the kinds that come directly from the pharmaceutical industry.

Shanthi and the Harmonica

Many people have been enchanted by this video of Shanthi, a 36-year-old elephant at the National Zoo, playing the harmonica. "Fantastic" and "Awesome" are some of…

Bob Barker to Chimps: “Come On Down!”

Last year, he donated $380,000 for a new habitat at Chimp Haven. And last week, the irrepressible Bob Barker flew down to the sanctuary in Louisiana to cut the ribbon — or rather to pick up the microphone and call out to five newly arrived chimpanzees: “Come on down!”

Cole Circus Pays to Settle Abuse Lawsuit

Cole Brothers Circus has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Agriculture $15,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging abuse of the animals. Allegations against the circus included that elephant handlers has repeatedly struck an elephant with an ankus — a hook or goad used in elephant training — during performances, according to a USDA report.

“Mom, There’s a Fox in My Bed!”

Alexander West was stunned to see the baby fox snuggled in his duvet in his bedroom on the second floor of his home in Hemel Hempstead, Herts. The youngster had left the back door of the townhouse open when he ran outside to play and the female fox had crept inside and made herself at home.