Horses can learn to communicate with humans and express opinions

Posted in 2016, animals with tags , , , on September 25, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame


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Horses can learn to communicate with humans and express opinions, say scientists

Norwegian scientists hope the research will encourage horse owners to ask their horses more questions

23 out of 23 horses were able to learn to tell their trainer whether or not they needed a rug to wear Getty

Horses can be trained to communicate with humans to express their feelings and opinions, scientists have discovered.

Past research has confirmed that some species of animals, including apes and dolphins, can learn to communicate preferences by pointing at symbols, much like humans.

Contrary to previous expert opinions, it is now believed that horses are intelligent enough to tell their riders whether or not they want to wear a rug.

Using slices of carrot as an incentive, scientists from the Norwegian Veterinary Institute worked with a horse trainer to teach 23 horses of various breeds how to signal if they were too hot or too cold.

First, each horse was trained to approach a board hung on a fence and touch it with its muzzle.

The horses were then shown how to tell the diference between different symbols marked on the board to indicate the notion of “blanket on” (a horizontal bar), “blanket off” (a vertical bar) and no change (blank).

Finally, each horse was traught to associate a particular action with each symbol.

Hot and cold temperature challenges were performed in order to help learning and determine the animals’ level of understanding.

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Fish recorded singing dawn chorus on reefs just like birds

Posted in Uncategorized on September 24, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame

Bat fish ballad ©Norbert Probst/Getty

Underwater recordings of vocal fish off the Australian coast reveal an ocean choir composed of at least seven distinct choruses

Robert McCauley and colleagues at Curtin University in Perth, Australia, recorded vocal fish in the coastal waters off Port Headland in Western Australia over an 18-month period, and identified seven distinct fish choruses, happening at dawn and at dusk. You can listen to three of them on the website

The low “foghorn” call is made by the Black Jewfish (Protonibea diacanthus) while the grunting call that researcher Miles Parsons compares to the “buzzer in the Operation board game” comes from a species of Terapontid. The third chorus is a quieter batfish that makes a “ba-ba-ba” call.

More on their website

Source: Fish recorded singing dawn chorus on reefs just like birds

When it comes to animal cuteness, we always refer to cats and dogs, but what about pigs?

Posted in 2016, animals with tags , , on September 24, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame

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When it comes to animal cuteness, we always refer to cats and dogs who usually win the golden medal of the cutests animals on the internet, but what about pigs?

Those little creatures are often forgotten, yet there are as cute as cats or dogs, sometimes even more!

If these don’t make you smile, your smiler must be broken!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 20, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame

These pictures do make you smile. Give it a try!

Fellowship of the Minds


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Monday Funnies: Dog tired

Posted in Uncategorized on September 19, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame

Absolutely hilarious and touching. Love them!

Fellowship of the Minds

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The Bear Fight… Yellowstone

Posted in Uncategorized on September 15, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame

Love bears. Thanks for these awesome photos as usual!

nomadruss in words and photos

When we left off last week, the blond faced bear was just appearing on the scene. No sooner had Scarface turned towards him and he was gone. Both bears disappeared for a bit. rbt_9637rbt_9642rbt_9650rbt_9652

While there bears were away, the ravens came in for a bite or two. rbt_9665

Soon Scarface would return, wait, that’s not Scarface, that’s the blond faced bear. rbt_9670

So tantalizingly close. He could almost taste his prize. rbt_9677

Not so fast said Scarface. My belly may be full of bison, but I can still fight. rbt_9686rbt_9689

Let’s growl at each other and show our teeth. rbt_9700

The fight began.rbt_9704rbt_9705rbt_9707

It didn’t last long. Afterwards, Scarface threw a paw over the carcass as if saying, this is mine, all mine. rbt_9719rbt_9723rbt_9725

The loser bear dejectedly walks up the riverside. rbt_9730rbt_9735

Scarface said, I’ll just sleep right here. rbt_9781

Truly, this was the most amazing wildlife encounter I’d witnessed all season. I was thankful that the unseen…

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Listening to our pets in more difficult times.

Posted in Uncategorized on September 13, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame

Very interesting article.

Learning from Dogs

Loving owners want so much to know when their pets may be in pain.

Our dear Pharaoh (born June, 2003) is getting very weak in his rear hip joints and Jean and I are very sensitive to understanding whether or not he is in pain. Any loving owner of a cat or a dog would be the same; and it doesn’t stop with our cats and dogs.

Care 2 Healthy Living recently had an article on just this subject: Trying to know when our pets are in pain.

Here it is shared with you good, caring people.


6 Ways Your Pet Tells You They’re In Pain

1390100-largeBy: Lisa Spector September 11, 2016

September is Animal Pain Awareness Month. My Lab, Sanchez, is 13-years-old. I still sometimes have a hard time identifying the difference between a behavior problem and a physical ailment…

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