Succulents hold their own, in gardens and wastelands, armed to the teeth with spikes and hooks and poisonous fluids
It’s how several species prompt their seeds to leave home and germinate
The difference in our make and that of our relatives in the wild is only about one per cent
When nature’s evolutionary engineering department forgot to invent the wheel
In India, pet therapy may yet not be a legit line of treatment, but staring at birds outside a hospital-room window can be therapeutic
Listen in as we travel through the jungle and listen to the soundbox of creatures great and small
What’s common between a rhino’s horn, pangolin’s scale, and porcupine’s quill? These natural weapons are made of the same protein found in human hair
Every dawn brings with it the sense of a new beginning and every dusk a sense of serene closure
The flower goblets of the red silk cotton brim with the finest nectar, replenished almost every evening, for all to savour.
There’s an exuberance about bird calls that make you feel optimistic despite the distress in the world
Can it be an owl who can see at night, or a human being whose vision is seven times sharper than a cat or a dog
Stare long and hard enough at a tree, the sense of wonder will beginning to stir, or, perhaps, a coppersmith barbet might remind you of a clown with hiccups.
Songs of the blue whistling-thrush, grey-winged blackbird, white-rumped shama or magpie-robin far outclass the nightingale
And they really do a lot of the hard, heavy and dirty lifting in order to keep ecosystems ticking
When humans take for granted nature’s feats, the act of flying is one such — from feather and wing designs, decorative and functional, to different techniques for birds and insects.
Even if Mother Nature tries to confuse us with freak weather, some natural phenomena remain as is and are major cues to how we behave
Like among our domesticated friends, the cat and the dog, in the wild, too, this generational debate finds no happy ending
In the game of one-upmanship, which among the two, evolved from a common ancestor, has a better chance at winning?
The harmless, non-venomous ones saunter in indoors for heat on wintry evenings or when rains flood their tunnels
With spring-loaded reflexes and formidable swoops, the animal kingdom proves that size doesn’t matter
They found a speckled illuminated field, like of thousand fireflies, on the wings of the butterfly
How the world would be grateful if new variants would choose their future victims more responsibly
To ensure a civilised pet, the first thing to do is to show them, quite clearly, right from the beginning, that you are the pack leader
What migratory geese think of the aeroplane and human world's flying abilities
Animals, birds, plants, even humans, come under these two categories, based on the food they eat. Being a fussy eater can therefore be dangerous, says Ranjit Lal