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Are some parrots selfless?
Recent experiments involving African gray parrots and blue-headed macaws suggest that some parrot species may be naturally kind and altruistic. (Medical News Today)

Could probiotics benefit cats?
With the growing popularity of probiotics, some researchers are asking whether they might benefit felines. A recent, small-scale study investigates. (Medical News Today)

Why are scientists painting stripes on cows?
A group of scientists recently concluded that painting black and white stripes on cows might help protect them from biting insects. (Medical News Today)

Why are baby pandas so small? Study explores
Researchers have examined and compared panda skeletons with the skeletons of bears and other animals in an effort to answer an intriguing question. (Medical News Today)

For rats, empathy may be a survival strategy
Research in rats suggests that empathy may be an important element in the rodents’ remarkable ability to survive in difficult environments. (Medical News Today)

Same-sex sexual behavior in animals: Do we have it all wrong?
For many years, researchers have made certain assumptions about same-sex sexual behaviors in animals — but what if their assumptions have been wrong? (Medical News Today)

Global warming may cause birds to shrink
New research has analyzed trends in migratory bird size over a 38-year period and discovered a decline that may result from global warming. (Medical News Today)

Researchers find over 40 new species of fish in one lake
Researchers have found dozens of new fish species in just one African lake — a feat of diversity. The find also proves a key point in evolutionary biology. (Medical News Today)

Only 'cat whisperers' can read felines' facial expressions
New research finds that most people are unable to read cats' facial expressions, apart from a small group of so-called cat whisperers. (Medical News Today)

Why scientists are studying hibernation to tackle obesity
New research in hibernating mammals reveals that noncoding DNA may play a role in mechanisms related to obesity control in humans and other animals. (Medical News Today)

Are most dolphins 'right-handed,' too?
After studying dolphins for 6 years, researchers have found that these mammals have a preference for their right sides, similar to human right-handedness. (Medical News Today)

Fixing bird wings with sheep bones
The current method of fixing broken bird bones is not ideal. A recent study investigates whether pins made of dog or sheep bone might be more effective. (Medical News Today)

How fast does a blue whale's heart beat?
Scientists have recorded a blue whale's heart rate for the first time. The findings may explain why no other animal has ever been larger than a blue whale. (Medical News Today)

New research finds better way of calculating dogs' real ages
A team of researchers says that it has found a more accurate way to calculate dogs' real age and to show how it compares with age in human years. (Medical News Today)

Common fire retardant makes prairie voles anxious, less social
New research examines the gender-specific effects of a common flame retardant mixture on the social and affective behavior of prairie voles. (Medical News Today)

Gut bacteria: How bats 'shift the paradigm'
A recent study investigates the microbiomes of bats. The authors conclude that, in some ways, bats' gut bacteria don't follow the rules. (Medical News Today)

Punishment could make your dog more pessimistic
(Medical News Today)

Vulturine guineafowl's complex societies overturn scientific assumptions
For the first time, researchers have found that some birds form multilevel societies, which zoologists had thought was something that only mammals did. (Medical News Today)

What are the real zombies?
Are there any zombies in nature? And what about humans, are we ever at risk of zombification? Read our special feature to find out what science has to say. (Medical News Today)

Pigs have the intelligence to use tools
(Medical News Today)

Why do dogs develop infections after surgery?
A recent study investigates the factors that increase the risk of a dog developing an infection following surgery. They also look at the financial effects. (Medical News Today)

Monkeys: Past social stress impacts genes, health
New research suggests socially stressful experiences that occurred in the past leave a long lasting print on genes and health in monkeys and humans. (Medical News Today)

Monkeys demonstrate more cognitive flexibility than humans
In a recent study, researchers conclude that in certain tasks, capuchin and rhesus monkeys are more cognitively flexible than humans. (Medical News Today)

Why raw dog food could be harmful for pets and owners alike
Researchers have found that some raw dog food products harbor harmful bacteria that could cause infections both in dogs and their human family members. (Medical News Today)

Why baboons may provide clues about human gut microbiome
New findings suggest that although bonobos and chimpanzees are the closest to humans genetically, baboons have the most similar gut bacteria. Why is this? (Medical News Today)

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