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The Thoughtful Animal

When Animals Act Like People in Stories, Kids Can’t Learn

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“Yum, these grass and plants are delicious!” Mother cavy thinks as she eats her breakfast. “I will feed some to my baby cavies too!” she says. The baby cavies love to play in the grass! But they’ve gotten all dirty! “Time for your bath,” Mother cavy says. Mother cavy and her babies like to spend [...]

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Cows Learn Better With Friends

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My schoolteachers took effort to separate close friends when arranging their classroom seating charts. The idea was that we’d pay more attention to our lessons if we were distracted by our buddies. Dairy cattle also tend to be separated from each other, but that may actually put them at a disadvantage. Calves are separated from [...]

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7 Things You Didn’t Know About Red Pandas

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Here’s one thing you already knew: red pandas are adorable. While they’re not domesticated and therefore are probably not suitable as pets, some people keep them as pets anyway – especially in Nepal and India – and upload their adorable hijinks to the internet for the world to see. Here are seven other facts about [...]

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Like The Honey Badger, Petting Zoo Animals Don’t Care

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Taken together, visitor behavior in the petting zoo just doesn’t seem to matter all that much. And if positive interactive experiences with animals can lead visitors towards adopting a better attitude towards animal welfare and wildlife conservation, then petting zoos are probably worth keeping around.

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The Best Animal Stories of 2013

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By Jason G. Goldman and Matt Soniak It should come as no surprise that we humans can be a bit confused when it comes to our relationship with other animals. We live in a society that is at once captivated by the National Zoo’s panda-cam and repulsed by the story of killer whale capture told [...]

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Wolves Can Learn From Humans. What Does That Mean For Dogs?

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Where did dogs come from? The question is harder to answer than it seems. The problem with much of the research on domestication is that the focus has been on how dogs and wolves interact with humans. Perhaps that’s understandable, since domestication is in part defined by a species’ incorporation into human culture. But to [...]

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Candid Camera (Trap): The World’s Rarest Big Cat [Video]

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New camera trap footage of a mother Amur leopard and her two cubs provides evidence to conservationists that the world’ most endangered big cat is still breeding in the wild.

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Does Your Dog Love You Back?

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You love your dog. Does your dog love you back? Is the love that an owner feels for her dog reciprocated? That’s the question that a group of Swedish and Danish researchers wanted to answer.

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Man’s Best Friend or Oversized Rat?

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Here’s something curious. The phrase “man’s best friend” didn’t appear in print, according to Google’s n-grams, until after the year 1750. Here’s something else that’s curious: the owning of dogs as pets by anybody more than the “one percent” – the richest of the rich – is also a relatively new phenomenon, something unique to [...]

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Watch Me Talk Dolphin on @TakePartLive Tonight

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I’ll be on participating in a panel about dolphins, animals in captivity, and the award-winning documentary The Cove tonight. Catch it on Take Part Live on the Pivot channel at 9pm Pacific/12am Eastern.

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