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Missing link found on sharks

On any visit to a rocky seashore, you are likely to spot barnacles, unoffendingly stuck to hard surfaces. But barnacles in a fjord in Norway have become parasites that eat fish through feeding stems.

Mystery: captivity damages flamingo feet

It has long been a mystery why flamingos in captivity suffer foot lesions. A Danish study now claims to have solved a part of this mystery.

Birds of prey hit by rat poison

Traces of rat poison have been found in carcasses of golden eagles and eagle owls – in some cases enough to have caused death, analyses show.

Sperm evolution in songbirds

The sperm of songbirds swim ten times faster than human sperm. Sperm cells are the most variable cells in the whole animal kingdom when it comes to size.

Lemmings’ loss is bounty for moss

After a prolific lemming year their corpses can be found strewn around the mountains and woods. This is good news for mosses that have specialised in getting nutrients from these dead rodents.

Nasty nasal parasite

A parasite found in a reindeer’s nose 25 years ago may not be the most appealing creature to most people, except for scientists.

Animals that might exist

Cryptozoology isn’t just about abominable snowmen and dinosaurs hiding out in highland lakes. Normal animals also have their place in the study of creatures that are still hypothetical. Anyway, what do we mean by normal?

Can wild animals become overweight?

Under our care dogs and horses can get fat just like human beings. But can animals in nature get too fat?

Norway’s oldest elk

A family in Norway has had the antlers of Norway’s oldest elk hanging on the wall of their home for over a century.

Wolves endangered by illegal hunt

Poaching is the biggest threat to wolves in Norway and Sweden and can account for half of their deaths.