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Animal Articles - Apr. 3, 2009

Posted April 03, 2009 12:01 AM by SavvyExacta

Here's something new I'll try to do every Friday - post a collection of some animal science stories or sites I've seen throughout the week! Sometimes I'll concentrate on a particular theme and sometimes I won't. This week there seemed to be a lot of information on animal intelligence out there, so let's start with that:

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04/03/2009 8:47 AM

Great collection of stories! Keep up the good work. I enjoyed them!

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04/03/2009 9:41 AM

This is a nice addition to the site. Thanks, SavvyExacta!

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04/03/2009 1:18 PM

I thought this one was good.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aCpuPzAFcw

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04/06/2009 3:12 PM

Thanks for sharing that! The dog really seems to enjoy his toy. I know I would like something to keep my dogs occupied and out of trouble during their long days!

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04/03/2009 11:54 PM

Nice nice.........keep em comin'

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04/06/2009 3:32 PM

Great links!

gotta say - the horse noise database, hmmmmm

awful limited view of horse communication

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04/06/2009 3:41 PM

Very true. The way an ear is pointing, the stance of a leg, and the way the tail is held can also indicate a horse's attitude.

Perhaps the database will be helpful in veterinary situations where horses are stalled and not visible. Sounds can be helpful in determining whether to ignore behavior or deciding it needs evaluation ASAP.

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04/06/2009 3:35 PM

And list of canine intelligence that has golden retrievers close to the top needs a new method.

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04/06/2009 3:42 PM

I was disappointed in how low beagles ranked. Yes, they can be determined when they focus in on a scent, but otherwise, I've found them to be quite trainable.

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04/06/2009 3:52 PM

Apparently the criteria for intelligence is trainability

Maybe they ought to flip the list over?

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04/07/2009 4:32 AM

I can resist no longer;

Squirrels !!! Yes !

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04/07/2009 7:25 AM

This quote was particularly interesting:

"On the 13th of January 1998 one of the BHI's most reliable and dedicated staff was ruthlessly attacked by one of The Evil Ones. Said correspondant was consuming his lunchtime repast when a squirrel approched him. Remembering his combat training, he then proceeded to offer the rodent some food, lulling it into a false sense of security. However, it was to no avail, as the squirrel saw through the usually effective bluff and lept at our intrepid man. The squirrel followed a classic attack, aiming for the main blood vessels of the wrist, in an attempt to dispose of it's target with speed."

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04/07/2009 8:48 AM

Haha! Awesome articles...

I need to start training wild squirrels to spy on my sister

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04/07/2009 2:53 PM

You can take a Squirrel out of the wild, but you can't take the wild out of a Squirrel.

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