Written by PETA
an animal fact that is not at all surprising if you've ever seen a hawk soar
through the sky or a flock of pigeons settling in to roost together for the
night: Caged birds suffer from a severe
form of post-traumatic stress disorder and exhibit symptoms identical to those
of prisoners of war and concentration camp survivors, including self-mutilation
and persistent sadness. Even when they are rescued and taken to reputable
sanctuaries, parrots, cockatoos, and
macaws—who in the wild are extremely social—sometimes are never able to adjust
to socializing with other birds and opt to remain alone, staring into space. So
please don't patronize pet stores that sell birds into a prison sentence from
which they may never recover, even if they are lucky enough to be "paroled."
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it was crickets who inspired Miguel de Cervantes'
famously chivalrous, albeit inept, character Don Quixote. Researchers have found
that male crickets graciously allow their mates to enter the burrow first—although this leaves the
well-intentioned males more vulnerable to predation, sometimes with tragic
results. (Another interesting note from the study is that observing animals in
their natural environment, rather than studying them in labs, provides more accurate
admit … while writing this, I had to look up what an anvil is, but a type of
wrasse known as the orange
dotted tusk fish knows precisely how an
anvil works. An evolutionary biologist at the Great Barrier Reef filmed a wrasse who carried a
clam some distance, then repeatedly threw the clam at a rock to break open the
shell. The scientist points out that this behavior shows that fish are capable
of thinking ahead and reasoning. (All the more reason not to eat them.)
Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
In the words of Bruno Mars, whose hilarious video for "The Lazy Song" wisely features men in ape masks instead of the real (cruel) thing, these animals are amazing—just the way they are:
Written by Michelle Sherrow
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