9 Tales of Amazing Animal Behavior

Crazy-smart bees. Rogue wolves. A world-famous pig. Animals are more complex than we give them credit for. We’ve collected some of the best stories out there on the unique creatures, furry and otherwise, that enrich our lives.

The Crane Who Fell in Love With a Human

Sadie Dingfelder • The Washington Post

Cranes mate for life. But when one white-naped crane earned the reputation as a black widow, an intrepid zookeeper found an unlikely way to fight extinction.

A Very Old Man for a Wolf

Emma Marris • Outside

He was the alpha male of the first pack to live in Oregon since 1947. For years, a state biologist tracked him, collared him, counted his pups, weighed him, photographed him, and protected him. But then the animal known as OR4 broke one too many rules.

What Are Animals Thinking and Feeling?

Carl Safina • TED

Using discoveries and anecdotes that span ecology, biology and behavioral science, a conservationist argues that just as we think, feel, use tools and express emotions, so too do the other creatures—and minds—that share the Earth with us.

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