Can animals evolve to be shape-shifters?

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The Question: Hello, I can’t believe I’m even asking you this, but can an animal evolve shape-shifting abilities or is it completely fantasy?

Submitted by: Alexander, England

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What is this strange object floating in our lake?

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strange object 1
strange object 1

The Question: On two different occasions we have retrieved similar strange objects floating in the lake we stay at in New Hampshire. I know it looks like it could be latex or some other man-made material-but it had a fleshy feel and no openings that could be seen. We did not cut it open. It had a bit of a fishy smell. It was about 13 cm (5 inches) and more like flesh than a plant. What are these?

strange object 2
strange object 2

Submitted by: Alison, New Hampshire, USA

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How fast do the tiny toads grow?

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The Question: I work at a farm in northeast Pennsylvania. I read your article about toadlets. I have been enjoying seeing hundreds of these mini toads as I garden. Mine are still only about an inch long. How long does it take for them to reach full size?

Submitted by: Victoria, Pennsylvania, USA

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What to do about this window dove nest?

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sam's-doveQuestion #1: This bird made a nest next to my kitchen window. What kind of bird is this?

Submitted by: Samantha, New York City, New York USA

Question #2: A pair of mourning doves have made their nest on the outside windowsill of my home office on the 6th floor of an apartment building. At least one and possibly two fledglings are in the nest and are already trying their wings. I don’t want to harm the birds, but I want to remove the nest as soon as possible because it has infused my office with a barnyard smell. I have read that these birds can raise multiple broods in a season. Is there a time window for me to remove the nest and install a block to prevent their return?

Submitted by: Ron, New York City, New York USA

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