Animals

Reuters

Training the Next Generation of Bullfighters ... in France

Kids take on fake bulls and real calves in Nimes. 

UBER

For $20, Uber Will Bring You a Live Kitten and Let You Pet It for 15 Minutes

Disturbing concept, or most brilliant marketing ploy ever? 

Neiman Marcus

This Chicken Coop Is Modeled After Versailles and Costs $100,000

The perfect gift for the urban farmer who's trying to alienate loved ones with dumb purchases.

Tambako The Jaguar / Flickr

Austin's Airport Is Full of Dive-Bombing Bats

Bruce Wayne would feel exceptionally at home inside this Transylvania-style airport.

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One of This Week's Silliest Publicity Stunts Involved a Duck on the New York City Subway

Authorities were not happy. 

Michelle Berman-Kowalewski

This Dead Whale Is Helping Science in an Incredibly Gross Way

Researchers are studying its earwax to learn about human-made ocean pollution. Yes, there are photos.

Sean Yong / Reuters

This Vending Machine in China Sells Living Crabs

The crab-o-mat is designed to satiate the appetites of boozy, late-night revelers.

Raúl A.- / Flickr

Science Explains Why the Panda Hate Must Stop: Biofuel Researchers See Promise in Their Poop

The microbes in the guts of these gentle giants could make alternative fuel production so much easier.

Reuters

How Bucharest Ended Up With One of the World's Worst Stray Dog Problems

64,000 feral dogs roam the Romanian capital's streets. But getting that population under control is a physical and political challenge.

Can You Spot the Wild Animals Hidden Behind Brooklyn's Windows and Grates?

The borough appears to have suffered a zoo break, with gorillas, chimps, and even an iguana inside building ventilation shafts.

Reuters

San Diego's Pandas Are So Much Better at Sex Than D.C.'s

The National Zoo may have an adorable new cub, but it was no simple feat.

Shutterstock

Detroit Has 50,000 Stray Dogs and Only 4 Dog Catchers

And only three animal shelters. 

Wakayama City

Brilliant Transportation Gimmick of the Day: A Cat Station Master

A Japanese train station that appointed a local stray raked in an extra $10.4 million over one year.

Atlantic Cities

A Gloriously Offensive, Poop-Based Art Show Opens in San Francisco

This week, Bay Area art lovers were treated to paintings made from real animal poo "carefully hand-picked from local farms."

Charles Dharapak/AP Photo

Eco-Friendly Trend of the Day: Using Goats to Graze D.C. Cemetery Grounds

Their task? Chew down an acre worth of poison ivy and other plants invading trees and gravestones.

When Neglected Buildings Become Seriously Trippy Art Projects

If you've ever spotted street art involving pin-up models with kitty heads or screaming flowers, it's probably the work of Chile's Macarena "Macay" Yañez.

Mark Byrnes

How Squirrels, Pigeons, and Rats Are All Smarter Than You

A field guide to the surprising mental abilities of the most common animals living among us.

Oriental Bird Club

How a New Bird Species Was Discovered Right in the Middle of Phnom Penh

The Cambodian tailorbird somehow managed to elude detection for years, despite being loud and annoying.

National Zoo

'Rusty' the Red Panda Found Safe After Escaping From D.C.'s National Zoo

He'd made it about a mile away from home before being captured in a residential neighborhood.