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Parrots Are Only The Second Kind of Animal That Can Grasp Probabilities besides human beings & other great Apes

Posted in 2020, animals with tags , , , on April 4, 2020 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Up until now, only human beings and other great apes have demonstrated an ability to understand probabilities – being able to weigh up the odds based on the available data, or statistical inference, as it’s formally called. Now, for the first time, a parrot species has demonstrated this skill.

Tests on six kea (Nestor notabilis) parrots have shown they were able to understand and act on probabilities in a variety of scenarios that have previously been tested on humans and apes.

The findings have some wide-reaching implications – from understanding more about how the minds of non-primates might work, to producing more realistic and detailed artificial intelligencesystems of our own.

In particular, the result sheds some light on whether human and non-human brains tend to develop specific sections for specific tasks (domain-specific), or adapt the same sort of cognitive processes for whatever task is required (domain-general).

“Our results show that kea exhibit three signatures of statistical inference, and therefore can integrate knowledge across different cognitive domains to flexibly adjust their predictions of sampling events,” the researchers write in their newly published study

TO BE CONTINUED ON

https://www.sciencealert.com/parrots-are-only-the-second-animal-we-ve-found-that-can-grasp-probabilities/amp

 

Baby raccoons discovered in attic of Burlington, Ont. home weeks earlier than normal —

Posted in 2020, animals, Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 6, 2020 by theboldcorsicanflame

Dowd says it means “this coming spring season there’s going to be a lot of wildlife activity,” since the babies are already being born and because he says average litter sizes are typically larger earlier in the season.

 

Skedaddle President Bill Dowd says this marks two years in a row that they’ve discovered babies in a home earlier than usual.

via Baby raccoons discovered in attic of Burlington, Ont. home weeks earlier than normal —

2019/2020: Hedgehogs and other animals have not hibernated this winter !

Posted in 2020, animals with tags , , , on February 26, 2020 by theboldcorsicanflame

file-20180103-26145-1k3gyfyHedgehogs and other animals have not hibernated this winter, after ‘unprecedented’ mild weather.

That is according to wildlife rescuer Trevor Weeks, founder of East Sussex WRAS (Wildlife Rescue Ambulance Service).

He says the effects and implications of this ‘unheard of’ phenomenon are yet to be discovered, but we should be worried.

Mr Weeks said, “Even things like toads, amphibians and reptiles hibernate in the winter.

“But we’ve had reports of frogs and toads still being out in people’s gardens.

“They should definitely be hibernating because they are cold blooded animals. It’s absolutely unheard of.”

“As for the hedgehogs, this is the first year we have not had any hedgehogs.”

Normally WRAS, which has a casualty centre based in Whitesmith, looks after up to 300 hedgehogs each winter.

They are usually young hogs which are too young to hibernate and need to be cared for.

Trevor said, “Because it’s stayed so mild, we have been able to release them again.

“October November and December were busy for baby hedgehogs, amazingly we have managed to continue getting them out in the wild.”

In 34 years of rescuing, Trevor said this has never happened before.

He said, “Our biggest concern is what are they eating and what’s the quality of their food. We are starting to wonder are we going to see very high parasite burdens?

“If it’s not good quality food it will be bugs, beetles and insects with high parasite burdens because we haven’t had the cold weather to get rid of them.

“This year they will have stayed there and kept breeding and going through winter.

“Until we get to the spring it’s difficult to know what’s going to happen. We are in uncharted territory.

“I have not known weather like it.”

Trevor says he thinks it could be as a result of climate change.

He said, “If this is the pattern of things to come, we could be seeing major change in how hedgehogs exist in the UK.

“I think we should be worried about it because it’s such a dramatic change.

“The long term effects are unknown. We don’t know the consequences this is going to have on the populations.

“Fingers crossed it doesn’t have too much of a negactive impact.

“The next few months are going to be quite critical.

Source:

https://www.sussexexpress.co.uk/news/environment/hedgehogs-have-not-hibernated-winter-says-east-sussex-wildlife-rescuer-1889591

Finland. Man Stumbles Upon Baby Bears ‘Dancing’ in Forest: “The cubs behaved like little children.”

Posted in 2020, animals with tags , , , , on February 20, 2020 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Photo credit: Valtteri Mulkahainen

“They were playing, and even started a few friendly fights. I felt like I was on a playground in front of my house, where small children frolic around.

That’s how much they reminded me of little children. At one point, the three of them got up on their hind legs and started pushing each other. It was like they were dancing in a circle.”

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Man Stumbles Upon Baby Bears ‘Dancing’ in Forest, Thinks He’s Imagining Things

 

Dog Accidentally Runs Half-Marathon After Being Let Out For Pee, Finishes 7th :)

Posted in 2019, animals, Uncategorized with tags , , on January 28, 2019 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Imagine training for months and months for a gruelling, 13.5 mile marathon to be beaten by Ludivine, the two-and-a-half year old Bloodhound.

Well that’s what happened in the Elkmont Trackless Train Half Marathon in Canada, when a hound decided to join in the fun after being let out for a wee-wee.

He crawled under the garden fence, ran towards the start-line and well, the rest is history.

 

To be continued on

http://www.sportbible.com/other/news-reactions-take-a-bow-dog-accidentally-runs-half-marathon-after-being-let-out-for-pee-20190116

 

Interactive Map of Billions of Birds’ Migration

Posted in 2018, animals, Uncategorized with tags , , on April 6, 2018 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Different types of birds take routes of widely varying lengths.
Some round-trip migrations can be as long as 44,000 miles, equivalent to almost two round-the-world trips. Others are much shorter.

Some birds even migrate on foot.
Many cover thousands of miles and move back and forth between continents.

INTERACTIVE MAP ON

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/03/bird-migration-interactive-maps/

Birds can see The magnetic fields

Posted in 2018, animals, Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 5, 2018 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Researchers have long suspected that birds can see magnetic fields.

Now, two new studies (one examining zebra finches and the other looking at European robins) have identified a specific protein that gives them this uncanny sense.

Both single out Cry4, a light-sensitive protein found in the retina. This raises the interesting possibility that birds can see geomagnetic storms–not only by watching auroras as humans do, but also by witnessing the underlying unrest of Earth’s magnetic field.

Learn more about this research from ScienceNews

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/birds-get-their-internal-compass-newly-id-eye-protein

A Talking Porcupine called Teddy Bear who does’nt want to Share His Corn on the Cob!

Posted in 2018, animals with tags , on March 20, 2018 by theboldcorsicanflame

A talking porcupine! Zooniversity’s North American porcupine, “Teddy Bear,” gets a cob of corn for a treat — but, he doesn’t like to share. Listen carefully to see what he has to complain about!

Slimy Asexual Brain-Blobs Spotted Heading West

Posted in 2018, animals with tags , , on January 29, 2018 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Sitting in still water like cryogenic alien brains, these slimy mysterious blobs aren’t something you’d expect to find outside of a special effects department, let alone in a city park.

But even scientists who specialize in studying this bizarre life-form are surprised to learn they have found a home in the Stanley Park lagoon, in Vancouver, Canada, where a video of their discovery has prompted quite a stir (….)

To be continued on:

https://m.theepochtimes.com/slimy-asexual-brain-blobs-spotted-heading-west_2301266.html

Chang Mai – Thailand : Lullaby to an Elephant

Posted in 2017, animals, Uncategorized with tags on December 14, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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