Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Wild elephants can distinguish between human languages, and they can tell whether a voice comes from a man, woman or boy, a new study says. That's what researchers found when they played recordings of people for elephants in Kenya. Scientists say this is an advanced thinking skill that other animals haven't shown. It lets elephants figure out who is a threat and who isn't. The result shows that while humans are studying elephants, the clever animals are also studying people and drawing on their famed powers of memory, said study author Karen McComb.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Zawadi Mungu, a 500-pound lion, met his triplets for the first time a few days ago at the Predators of the Serengeti habitat in the Oregon Zoo in Portland, and at first the king of the jungle acted like an old grump. Six-month-old lion cubs Kamali, Zalika, and Angalia were full of playful energy and were eager to meet their father, who didn’t want to be bothered, or so it seemed. Making sure the lion cubs knew his role as boss of the family, Zawadi Mungu let out several roars, one of which humorously knocked a lion cub off a log, as you can see in the video above.
Monday, March 10, 2014
The cries of outrage from much of the world about Japan's recent dolphin slaughter offers insight into two key aspects of our modern world. The first is that we are increasingly a planet of animal lovers -- people who rightly abhor the type of violence and bloodshed being perpetrated against these intelligent animals off the shores of Japan. The second, however, is a bit more sobering: this incident highlights the vast chasm between how we say we feel about animals and how we actually act toward them ourselves.
Friday, March 7, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
The former handler of the first military dog adopted by the NYPD is hoping to reunite with his long-lost war buddy after spotting the pooch’s mug in The Post. Retired Army vet Brian Connelly, who served with bomb-sniffing pooch Cezar in Afghanistan, was elated when he recognized his old pal’s picture in a Feb. 21 Post story. “I just knew it was Cezar,” Connelly said. “The way his look was veering off [in the photo], it looked like he was going to go after something. He’s a funny dog. He likes to stalk things . . . He would crouch down like a tiger and go after it.”
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
A talking parrot has helped Indian police crack an intriguing murder mystery and led the cops to arrest the killer. In the western Indian city of Agra in Uttar Pradesh state, a 45-year-old woman and her pet dog were found murdered at her residence on 20 February. The victim, Neelam Sharma, was the wife of Vijay Sharma, the editor of a Hindi daily. The city police had been baffled by the murder mystery till Neelam's husband got a clue from the parrot, which showed a change in behaviour whenever a relative, Vijay's nephew Ashutosh, visited the house after the incident.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Friday, February 28, 2014
It’s hard to imagine a creature more menacing than a great white shark swimming in the surf, but a giant crocodile comes close. An estimated 12-foot crocodile was spotted cruising in the swells this past week at Cable Beach in Broome, Western Australia, prompting officials to close the beach to swimmers and surfers for a day. It’s unclear what lured the reptile into the surf zone, but the unusual sighting generated quite the spectacle.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
The most inspiring attendee at this year's Major League Baseball spring training isn't a scrappy utility player or long-shot minor league lifer. But he has good legs - four legs, in fact. And a strong clubhouse presence, too. A stray dog nicknamed "Hank" has secured a place with the Milwaukee Brewers after wandering into the team's camp in Phoenix, AZ. The dog arrived Feb. 17, "looking a little grubby but ready to play," the team wrote online.