Big or little, cute or ugly, animals of the world can be our companions or our enemies.
Animals can also do some nifty things, or play important roles in the ecosystem. DW looks at animals from every which angle.
Much-loved German confectioner Haribo has come under intense criticism after a documentary discovered cruel conditions in the manufacture of a key ingredient in Brazil. Pigs also suffer in the making of gelatin.
Without water, there would be no life on earth - no people, no animals, and no plants. It is our most important resource, vital to all growth. But do we have enough water?
Two separate studies highlight a dramatic trend in Germany: the number of flying insects has declined by 76 percent over the past 27 years. There are 15 percent fewer birds than just twelve years ago.
In Suriname, sloths are falling victim to deforestation. The peace-loving animals with a reputation for being lazy are turning up injured and confused in the city. One animal sanctuary is trying to protect them.
Former world player of the year Luis Figo will be an adviser and ambassador, the latest former player appointed by UEFA's president, Aleksander Ceferin. Figo's shown himself to be a political animal since retiring.
Some animal species can do very well without male partners. Mourning geckos are just one of many examples. Their reproduction method — known as parthenogenesis — is our natural phenomenon of the week.
Animal welfare activists and filmmakers should work together more often, British researchers say. Movies can inform the public about the need to protect endangered animals. But the message often backfires.
Since Jaws, great white sharks have had a reputation for being bloodthirsty man-eaters. The Jungle Book remake shed light on threatened pangolins. Do movies help endangered animals? It depends.
The peacock mantis shrimp has the most amazing eyes in the animal kingdom and likes to smash things with its tiny yet mighty mitts. But this aggressive creature is also helping scientists to improve cancer detection.
Mount Agung has been rumbling since August, with a sharp increase in seismic activity over the past 10 days. Despite this, authorities are now telling some evacuees that it's time to go back home.
Why would a donkey bite the back of a McLaren 650S Spyder? Police think this one may have thought the car was a carrot.
After Japan's devastating 2011 tsunami, the receding waters pulled countless pieces of debris into the Pacific Ocean. That flotsam became "rafts" for endemic Japanese species on an unexpected 7,000-kilometer voyage.
It's a girl! Keepers at Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland have welcomed a female Malayan tapir calf. The endangered animals' habitat is being threatened by palm oil plantations and hunters.
Jellyfish have a bad rep. Most people are disgusted by or even afraid of them. But the squishy sea-dwellers are beautiful creatures - who don't even need a brain to gracefully float through the seas.
For a long time, being a vegan was considered unusual and difficult to pull off. That's no longer true, especially in Berlin. The city is a haven for those who have sworn off animal products.
In a painful experiment, a US researcher found out just how strong the jolts delivered by the fish are. He had previously found that electric eels have a special technique that makes their shocks extra-efficient.
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