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Sea Lion Bops to the Beat, Challenging Popular Rhythm Theory

ronan the sea lion

Remember Snowball, the cockatoo who won the internet with his dancing skills? Well, now there’s a new animal keeping the beat alive. Meet Ronan, the California sea lion who bops her head in time to Boogie Wonderland and other tunes (see video below). Few species apart from humans have demonstrated a sense of rhythm, and [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Urban Wildlife in San Francisco Bay [PHOTOS]

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I think that hanging out in a heavily touristed area of San Francisco’s Embarcadero means that these California sea lions – one mature individual and one pup – qualify as urban wildlife. For good measure, here’s a western scrub jay and a pigeon.

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The Thoughtful Animal

The Best Animal Stories of 2013

Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby

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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The Thoughtful Animal

Ronan Fights Back! Scrappy Sea Lion Might Reclaim the Title of First Non-Human Mammal Dancer

Peter Cook with Ronan

Two weeks ago, I wrote about a new study by Peter Cook and colleagues from the Pinniped Lab at the University of California, Santa Cruz. In their study, Cook claimed that Ronan the California sea lion was the first non-human mammal to show evidence of “rhythmic entrainment,” or the ability to synchronize the movements of [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Ronan the Sea Lion Dances To The Backstreet Boys. So What?

Ronan was rescued by the Marine Mammal Center while walking down Highway 1 in October 2009, her third stranding incident, and was deemed unreleasable. She was then transferred to the Pinniped Lab at UCSC.

Ronan is the name of a the California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) who can bob her head in time to music. She apparently dances to Boogie Wonderland, and the Backstreet Boys song Everybody. She can move her head in rhythm with the beats of a metronome. She’s in the news this week because a new [...]

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