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What Do Animals Think They See When They Look in the Mirror?

The six horses in a 2002 study were “known weavers.” When stabled alone, they swayed their heads, necks, forequarters, and sometimes their whole bodies from side to side. The behavior is thought to stem from the social frustration brought on by isolation. Show More Summary

'Harvey Beaks': Sunny with a chance of bad behavior

4 days agoHealth : Booster Shots

At first glance "Harvey Beaks," the new animated series from Nickelodeon, looks like a children's storybook. The lushly painted backgrounds have a real comfort to them, evoking the lighthearted tales of our own youths.

The Limitless Focus Group

When experts want to study animal behavior they don’t go to a zoo, they go to the species’ natural habitat, because that is where they are in their truest form. I believe this is analogous to marketers gathering information from a traditional focus group versus using what I call the Limitless Focus Group of consumers sharing their insights through social media networks.

An Animated Lesson Explaining How Different Parasites Affect the Behavior of Their Victims

5 days agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

A recent TED-Ed lesson by Jaap de Roode explains how five different types of parasites affect the behavior of their victims. The lesson looks at the Gordian worm, rabies, Ophiocordyceps, Plasmodium which causes malaria, and Toxoplasma which affects rodents, cats, and possibly even humans.

Monkeys Notice Themselves in Mirror, Immediately Examine Their Genitals

The ongoing saga of whether animals can recognize themselves in mirrors now has an important new data point. Clever research on the topic has found good subjects in primates, which tend to show an uptick in social behavior around mirrors and, in some cases, have the capacity to realize they’re looking at their own reflections. Show More Summary

Undercover Photos Show the Plight of Zimbabwe's Captured Baby Elephants

New photographs of some 80 young elephants that are being held in a heavily guarded facility in Zimbabwe suggest that the elephants are under extreme duress, according to an expert familiar with the animals' behavior. The elephants, who were snatched from their families in the wild, are being held in a facility in Hwange National Park. Show More Summary

Fraternities are finding themselves under fire for bad behavior

  Racist chants. Nude photos of unconscious women. A criminal investigation into hazing. Fraternities around the country seem to be coming under fire as never before over behavior that would shock the frat boys of "Animal House." Despite...Show More Summary

Study Finds Swans Only Other Animals Who Mate For Few Years, Get Scared, End Things, Then Regret It

2 weeks agoHumor : The Onion

ATHENS, GA—Revealing how closely the waterfowl’s social behavior resembles that of humans, a study released Thursday by the University of Georgia has found that swans are the only other members of the animal kingdom that mate for a few years,...

Neuroscientists have implanted false memories into the brains of sleeping mice, creating artificial

2 weeks agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Neuroscientists have implanted false memories into the brains of sleeping mice, creating artificial associative memories that persisted while the animals slept and influenced their behavior upon waking. The results, the latest to spring from this burgeoning field of neuroscience, appear this week in Nature Neuroscience. Read more...

Disease poses risk to chimpanzee conservation, study finds

Infectious disease spillover, including from humans to animals, poses risk to the chimpanzees of Gombe Stream National Park, where Jane Goodall began her pioneering behavioral research in 1960.

Behavioural Treatments for Animals who Suffer from Stress and Anxiety

Stress and anxiety in dogs of all ages can cause a number of behavioral problems and can be quite common, especially when there is a change in the pets routine, for example when moving to a new home or when the owners are away for long periods. Show More Summary

Autistic Features Linked to Prenatal Exposure to Fire Retardants, Phthalates

Exposure during pregnancy to a combination of fire retardant chemicals and phthalate chemicals--both present in the average home--can contribute to autistic-like behaviors in the offspring, according to an animal study to be presented Thursday at the Endocrine Society's 97th annual meeting in San Diego.

A Berlin Wall Moment for Animal Protection

With ethologists and other scientists demonstrating that animals have complex social and behavioral needs, we are no longer in denial about the lives and minds of elephants and other animals. It’s surely one of the biggest announcements of the modern era in animal protection: Ringling Bros. Show More Summary

Pre-School for Dogs

Broad Ripple Animal Clinic & Wellness Center has staff members that are trained animal behaviorists to offer comprehensive behavior services. They’ve decided to do this for the same reasons that CattleDog Publishing and DrSophiaYin.com were born: seeing so many animals put to sleep because of behavioral problems rather than disease or injury. Show More Summary

Music just for cats exists, and they "like it."

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : Happy Place

Cats enjoying something besides sleep? "Play it again, Sam." (via Thinkstock) Charles T. Snowden published a paper on Applied Animal Behavior Science's website hypothesizing that cat-appropriate music would...make cats dance? I don't...Show More Summary

This is the Platonic ideal of Russian YouTube videos

last monthHumor : Boing Boing

ECards says this video may be the Platonic ideal of Russian YouTube videos. It has every element necessary: A bear. Someone engaging in reckless behavior around a large animal. People speaking calmly in Russian while faced with certain death. Bleakness. Raw meat.

Russian man feeds giant bear raw meat through his window in the most Russian YouTube video ever.

last monthHumor : Happy Place

Don't feed the bears. This video may be the Platonic ideal of Russian YouTube videos. It has every element necessary: A bear. Someone engaging in reckless behavior around a large animal. People speaking calmly in Russian while faced with certain death. Show More Summary

Crocodiles just wanna have fun, too

Crocodilians engage in all three main types of play distinguished by behavior specialists: locomotor play, play with objects and social play. Crocodiles have also been seen playing with other animals. In rare cases, individual crocodilians have been known to bond so strongly with people that they become playmates for years.

From “Penis Fencing” To “Sperm Transference”: A Look At Homosexuality In The Animal Kingdom

2 months agoLGBT / Gay : Queerty

There are plenty of documented examples of same-sex relations in the animal kingdom, but is it fair to call them gay? And if this behavior does reflect a genetic abnormality, what does that mean for Darwin’s Theory of Evolution? If the goal for a species is to mate, why would a gay gene get passed on, lowering […]

Swimming reptiles make their mark in the Early Triassic

Vertebrate tracks provide valuable information about animal behavior and environments. Swim tracks are a unique type of vertebrate track because they are produced underwater by buoyant trackmakers, and specific factors are required for their production and subsequent preservation. Show More Summary

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