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Cats have 5 grasping appendages

I was watching my cat playing yesterday, and I have come to the conclusion that cats actually have 5 grasping appendage! She was holding a floor mat with her two back paws, a piece of string with one front paw, and another piece of string with the other front paw and her mouth. Advertisements

FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) is not limited to humans

I have noticed the FOMO abbreviation being used a lot over the past decade or so [1], especially on social media, as if it’s a new thing. But it is not. Fear of missing out goes back into evolutionary time. Anyone who has ever observed two or more cats or dogs will have seen this behaviour. … Continue reading

Crows as smart as first-graders

From a Livescience article: New Caledonian crows actually do understand how to make water displacement work to their advantage, experiments showed. The results suggest that the birds are, at least in some respects, as smart as first-graders, according to the study. … “The ability to detect and respond to relevant causal properties demonstrated here, is … Continue reading

Animal intelligence and self-awareness

From a New Scientist article published 15 December 2015 (emphasis mine): Alex, the African grey [parrot] trained and studied by Irene Pepperberg at Harvard University, learned 100 words and even made up some of his own, including “ban-erry” – he already knew banana and cherry, and seemed to reason that an apple was somewhere between the two. … Continue reading

Beautiful and incredibly detailed animal portraits, started by splattering paint all over the canvas

From http://www.lostateminor.com/2015/05/12/artist-creates-beautiful-animal-portraits-by-splattering-ink-all-over-the-canvas “He first makes a mess by splattering paint everywhere, then organizes the entire picture by adding in the intricate details.” I am especially blown away by the detail of the tiger’s mouth (the 4th image on that page), shown here; See more of his amazing work at https://instagram.com/huatunan/

Cat slaps bear, bear runs aways

A gif has appeared on Mashable, which is credited to Reddit user Osiris32, of a cat slapping a bear. That is one very brave cat! The original 30 second video is on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rt_1sQNyHm8, which shows that there are another 2 bears nearby.

Three dogs are ball boys in a Venus Williams tennis match

3 rescue dogs are the “ball boys” for a friendly tennis match between Venus Williams and Svetlana Kuznetsova in New Zealand. Be prepared for cuteness overload, as these dogs do a great job in the video at http://mashable.com/2015/01/08/dogs-ball-boys-venus-williams

Cockatoos learn to make and use a tool

From a story at http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn26136 See the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YH1yqFSs9NA After a lone Goffin cockatoo figured out how to make and use a simple tool, others have learned the same trick by watching him The successful birds didn’t imitate Figaro’s technique, however. Instead of the raking motion he used, they used a sideways flick. This suggests they … Continue reading