Friday, April 29, 2016
Is your dog smarter than your friend’s baby? Are cats smarter than dogs? What about Inky the octopus, who recently made a daring escape from his tank in a New Zealand aquarium — is he smarter than those internet cats whose owners “trapped” them in circles made of tape?
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
A blind elephant named Jokia is still mourning the loss of Mae Perm, her close companion of 17 years who died earlier this month at Thailand's Elephant Nature Park (ENP), a sanctuary and rescue for elephants. When Mae Perm first passed away, Jokia spent six hours standing over her friend's lifeless body, "touching and nudging and leaning against" her, Lek Chailert, the founder of ENP, wrote at the time.
Monday, April 25, 2016
Friday, April 22, 2016
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Small changes by businesses and consumers can make a big difference in saving the lives of animals worldwide, said Wayne Pacelle, chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States. "If we just reduce our meat consumption by 15 percent, we'd save a billion animals," he told CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Wednesday.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
For 2,000 years there was an intuitive, elegant, compelling picture of how the world worked. It was called “the ladder of nature.” In the canonical version, God was at the top, followed by angels, who were followed by humans. Then came the animals, starting with noble wild beasts and descending to domestic animals and insects. Human animals followed the scheme, too. Women ranked lower than men, and children were beneath them. The ladder of nature was a scientific picture, but it was also a moral and political one. It was only natural that creatures higher up would have dominion over those lower down.
Monday, April 18, 2016
Re “What I Learned Tickling Apes” (Sunday Review, April 10): As Frans de Waal beautifully describes, what looks like intelligence in animals is intelligence. The other critical similarity between species is suffering. The misery animals endure at the hands of human animals is nearly unimaginable; “experts” since Descartes have tried to persuade us that the behaviors of suffering animals — seen in pain, depression, loneliness and heartbreak — represent anything but the feelings we ourselves feel.
Friday, April 15, 2016
The last time I was in an animal shelter, I adopted a furry 8-year-old puss named Gus. The shelter was clean but depressing: It was filled with whelping dogs (mostly pit-bull mixes) and terrified cats that, most likely, were not long for this world. It was one of the nicer shelters I've been to, but it had the charm of a county jail.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
What do a French bulldog and a 3-year-old girl with atopic dermatitis have in common? Is there a tie between sleep apnea in an American bulldog and a 40-year-old obese man? What can human heart disease tell us about the heart problems of giant apes?
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
A caring canine is giving new meaning to the term 'doggy day care' by becoming a surrogate parent to a range of animals including tigers, monkeys and a hyena. Igor the German Shepherd is helping to raise the animals at the Zoological Wildlife Foundation, a sanctuary in Miami, Florida. Owners Mario and Maria Tabraue brought Igor to the sanctuary in the hopes of him making friends with the baby animals - but little did they know the lovable pooch would become an unofficial member of staff, tending to the animals' emotional needs.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Monday, April 11, 2016
The last time I was in an animal shelter, I adopted a furry 8-year-old puss named Gus. The shelter was clean but depressing: It was filled with whelping dogs (mostly pit-bull mixes) and terrified cats that, most likely, were not long for this world. It was one of the nicer shelters I’ve been to, but it had the charm of a county jail.
Friday, April 8, 2016
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
How do you survive when the world is crumbling around you, and basically all of your neighboring species are going extinct? You can either use tools to adapt to your new environment, or you can start having lots of kids in the hopes that maybe they can make something of themselves in this strangely spacious new world.
Monday, April 4, 2016
At the New York Academy of Art in TriBeCa, it wouldn’t be insulting to say that the live models are a bunch of animals. That’s because for one of the MFA program’s drawing classes, they are. Wade Schuman, the director of the graduate school’s painting academy, came up with the idea about four years ago. Ever since, he’s brought in all manner of species to the classroom.