Written by Michelle Kretzer
into Grand Theft Auto? These brainy birds steal windshield wiper blades for
reasons known only to themselves, although having fun with them might be the
Ravens seem more interested in
studying sign language. Like primates and humans, the birds use gestures to communicate—in
this case, pointing with their beaks.
have bird brains (read "big brains") too. Some octopuses in captivity make toys and games out
of items in their tanks. Some let the people they like stroke their heads,
while a person on an octopus's bad side may get squirted.
the calming effects of touch, too, but not from people. They will allow small fish
who work as full-time cleaners to nibble at their scales even when they don't
have parasites because they like the gentle massage.
Dogs, of course, love affection from
people, and their devotion to their guardians doesn't usually fade when that
guardian passes away. A faithful
in China refuses to leave his guardian's grave, and the townspeople plan to
build a doghouse there for the grieving canine.
After being stolen from his home, held
for five years, and then apparently dumped after he developed a medical
problem, a precocious pup
who loves to travel hopped on a bus. When he was spotted by the driver and
taken to a vet, his microchip guaranteed that the
next trip he took was back home to his family.
Another clever canine is a hero
after she grabbed a bag of kittens someone had tossed onto the highway, pulled
it off the road, dragged it home, and cried until her guardian opened it.
Resourceful deer, raccoons, blue herons, and
other animals have figured out how to safely cross the road
(without instructions from chickens).
Written by PETA
As anyone who has ever forgotten to
spell out "w-a-l-k" can attest, dogs can understand our language. One recent study showed
that dogs can learn up to 165 words and gestures and that they can count. And
dogs aren't the only animals you can depend on in an emergency either—a rabbit recently saved her human
family from a house fire.
Could birds call each other "humanbrain"
as an insult? Like humans, crows and ravens
are very social and have large brains for their body size. They also rival
humans and monkeys in their ability to delay self-gratification for a greater
reward. They are articulate, too, as evidenced by escaped former companion
birds who are now teaching
their flocks to understand English. If a family planning to
welcome a new baby is having trouble picking a name, perhaps they should
consult with parrots,
who name their offspring.
talk to each other
in a way similar to humans, too, by adjusting their muscular tension and air
flow. Words likely not in their vocabulary? "Imprison," "abuse,"
and "exploit" …. But if they are
familiar with those terms, it could explain why scientists in Australia are
just now discovering a new
species of dolphin—maybe
they were hiding!
by Michelle Sherrow
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