Why You Can't Have Wolves as Pets and More Top Animal Stories of 2021

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American red wolf pups born at North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro, in May.
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Dogs and don'ts
Call of the sincerely wild
American red wolf pups born at North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro, in May.
American red wolf pups, North Carolina Zoo: They will not love strangers.Credit: Moriah Angott/AP
How dogs were tamed
Gave a dog a bone
A Tel Aviv dog walker.
A Tel Aviv dog walker.Credit: Eyal Toueg
Say what?
Yes, the cat can speak
A cat and a kitten in the village of Krompach, Czech Republic, last year. And they have a lot to say.
A cat and a kitten in the village of Krompach, Czech Republic, last year. And they have a lot to say.Credit: DAVID W CERNY/ REUTERS
The naked mole rat can speak too!
But it won't speak with you. Or foreigners
In the wild, naked mole rats live exclusively in underground burrows and tunnels in semi-arid regions. The rodents obtain all the water they need through their food such as the underground tubers of plants.
Naked mole rat eating a food pelletCredit: Felix Petermann, MDC
Who's a good boy
Melvin the millipede?
A ventral view of the legs of a male Eumillipes persephone millipede.
A ventral view of the legs of a male Eumillipes persephone millipede.Credit: Paul E. Marek
See. Coo. Run
New species of hand-standing skunks!
A spotted skunk doing its signature handstand.
A spotted skunk doing its signature handstand. “Everyone thinks we know everything about mammalian carnivore systematics, so being able to redraw the skunk family tree is very exciting.” Credit: Jerry W. Dragoo
'A rare treat'
Why yes, that is a 50-million-year-old fossil insect penis
The two halves of the fossil assassin bug from the Eocene. Note the pygophore on his last abdominal segment.
The two halves of the fossil assassin bug from the Eocene. Note the pygophore on his last abdominal segment. Credit: DANIEL R. SWANSON , SAM W. HEADS
Cold case solved after 35,000 years
Bear pied-a-terre
Bear
A bear at the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem.Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg
Are octopi really aliens?
In the beginning... God created the octopus
A giant Pacific octopus sticks to the tank glass at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta
A giant Pacific octopus sticks to the tank glass at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.Credit: Jaime Henry-White / AP
Live long and prosper
If you are a rockfish
A rockfish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California.
A rockfish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. Credit: Tewy / Wikimedia Commons
The risks of climate change:
Howling storms, searing heat, beavers...
A levee breach in Canada.
WATER TORTURE: A levee breach in Canada.Credit: JUSTIN SULLIVAN - AFP
Suddenly lizards look pretty good, don't they
The most successful reptile in the Mediterranean Sea
Tyrrhenian wall lizard
Tyrrhenian wall lizard, CorsicaCredit: Quentin Scouflaire
Who's your mama
'Veil of ignorance' in service of survival
Banded mongooses. Better nourished mothers look after the smaller pups.
Banded mongooses. Better nourished mothers look after the smaller pups. Credit: Harry Marshall
See Spot run
Using all your eyes
The peacock jumping spider
The peacock jumping spider starts his mating danceCredit: Adam Fletcher / Biosphoto / AFP
Chilling in the batcave
Israeli chutzpah and the fruit bat
Two mousetail bats in a cave in Israel. The female is the one talking about how cold it feels.
Two mousetail bats in a cave in Israel. The female is the one talking about how cold it feels. Credit: Eran Levin
Houston, we have a problem
Why we will never live on Mars
A composite photo of Mars using over 100 images taken by Viking Orbiters in the 1970s.
A composite photo of Mars using over 100 images taken by Viking Orbiters in the 1970s. Credit: /AP

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