How do you count octopuses? Very carefully

Animals
Wild horses may save threatened butterflies Twenty-five years ago, it was a military zone where occupying Soviet troops held exercises. Today it's a sanctuary inhabited by wild animals that scientists hope will improve biodiversity among local plants as well as save endangered species. A herd of 14 wild mares from Bri... - Posted on March 27, 2015
Ancient salamander was as long as a car! Fossil remains of a previously unknown species of a crocodile-like "super salamander" have been found. The super salamander grew as long as a small car and was a top predator more than 200 million years ago. The fossil remains were found in southern Portugal. The spec... - Posted on March 27, 2015
Mush: Lack of snow pushes Iditarod race north Much of the start of the world's most famous sled dog race is covered in barren gravel. That forced Iditarod organizers to move the start further north. That's where there is snow and ice. A weather pattern that buried the eastern U.S. in snow has left Alaska fairly warm and... - Posted on March 11, 2015
Good news! More pandas! Wild giant pandas in China are doing well. The latest census by China's State Forestry Administration shows the panda population has grown by 268. The total is 1,864. The last survey ended in 2003. Nearly three quarters of the pandas live in the southwestern province ... - Posted on March 5, 2015
Blind dog lost in Alaska finally found A blind dog who wandered away from her home during a deep freeze has been reunited with her owner. The 11-year-old Labrador retriever named Madera ventured away from home in Ester, Alaska, on Feb. 6. The temperature dipped to 40 degrees below zero. Her owner, Ed Davis... - Posted on March 4, 2015
Are cute little gerbils to blame for Bubonic Plague? Scientists say they may have solved a centuries-old whodunit. Why did Europe experience outbreaks of bubonic plague over hundreds of years? It began with the Black Death of 1347 to 1353. Maybe you can blame gerbils in Asia. The disease is caused by a bacterium.... - Posted on March 2, 2015
Monkey is top dog among animal actors A monkey who's starred in 25 movies over two decades was top dog at the sixth annual Pawscars. It is the animal version of the Oscars. Waving a statue over her head in triumph, a beaming Crystal accepted the "lifetime diva achievement award." The monkey looked every bit the part. S... - Posted on February 27, 2015
Should pets be allowed to travel on trains? She is a 15-pound snowball of a French bulldog. The pooch has the face of a tough guy and the personality of a princess. Her owner is U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham of California. They take the occasional coast-to-coast plane ride together. But when he tried to take her on Amtrak a c... - Posted on February 24, 2015
Is this the best dog in the world? A soft-spoken beagle really raised a ruckus. Wagging her tail a mile a minute, Miss P became America's top dog by winning best in show in a big surprise at the Westminster Kennel Club. At 4, Miss P is a grand-niece of Uno. In 2008, the immensely popular hound barked a... - Posted on February 23, 2015
How do you count octopuses? Very carefully To check on the health of the giant Pacific octopus population in Washington's Puget Sound, an unusual census takes place every year. Volunteer divers are enlisted by the Seattle Aquarium. They take to inland waters to look for their eight-tentacle neighbors. Weighing as muc... - Posted on February 19, 2015