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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


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



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.


Who’s a clever boy? Defiant dogs find hilariously inventive ways around their owners’ rules banning begging at the table and sleeping on the furniture :)

Posted in 2017, animals with tags , , , , on May 29, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame


This golden retriever is forbidden from resting their chin on the table, however, his owner said nothing about his teeth

  • Photos, compiled by Bored Panda, prove canines’ inventive abilities
  • The pet pooches managed to find ingenious ways around their humans’ rules
  • Tricks included one pup keeping his paws off the sofa by just resting his snout 
  • These photos will have even the biggest dog-doubter in happy stitches 


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10 Survival Skills Your Great-Grandparents Knew (That Most Of Us Have Forgotten) – Howtoprovide

Posted in 2017, Extreme Weather, food with tags , , , , , , , , on March 23, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

Our modern society is highly dependent upon we’ll call the “system.” Not only do we rely upon utility services to bring us electricity, water and natural gas, but also on an incredibly complex supply chain which provides us with everything from food to computers. Without that supply chain, most of us wouldn’t know what to do.

This situation is actually becoming worse, rather than better. When I compare my generation (I’m in my 50s) to that of my children, I see some striking differences. In my generation it was normal for a boy to grow up learning how to do a wide variety of trade skills from his father, and seemingly everyone knew how to do basic carpentry and mechanic work. But that’s no longer normal.

If we extrapolate it back, we can see that my father’s generation knew even more – and my grandparent’s generation even more. Those older generations were much more closely tied to the roots of an agricultural society, where people were self-reliant. There are multiple skills they had which modern society no longer considers necessary.

But if we were to have a breakdown in society, those skills which we never bothered to learn would become essential. Those who don’t know these skills would either have to learn or die trying.

Here are 10 skills our grandparents knew that most of us have long forgotten:

1. Gardening for Food


via 10 Survival Skills Your Great-Grandparents Knew (That Most Of Us Have Forgotten) — How to Provide

Awareness Helps!

Posted in 2017, animals with tags , , , , , on January 23, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Life on Earth is Dying. Thousands of Species Cease to Exist!!

Posted in 2017, animals with tags , , , , , , , , on January 3, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame


On the day that you read this article, 200 species of life on Earth (plants, birds, animals, fish, amphibians, insects, reptiles) will cease to exist. Tomorrow, another 200 species will vanish forever.

The human onslaught to destroy life on Earth is unprecedented in Earth’s history. Planet Earth is now experiencing its sixth mass extinction event and Homo sapiens is the cause. Moreover, this mass extinction event is accelerating and is so comprehensive in its impact that the piecemeal measures being taken by the United Nations, international agencies and governments constitute a tokenism that is breathtaking in the extreme.

And it is no longer the case that mainly ‘invisible’ species are vanishing: those insects, amphibians and small animals about which you had never even heard, assuming they have been identified and given a name by humans.

You and I are on the brink of driving to extinction some of the most iconic species alive today. For a photo gallery of threatened species, some of which are ‘critically endangered’, see ‘World’s wildlife being pushed to the edge by humans – in pictures’.

If you want to read more about some aspects of the extinction threat, you can do so in these recent reports: ‘World Wildlife Crime Report: Trafficking in protected species’ and ‘2016 Living Planet Report’  which includes these words: ‘The main statistic from the report … shows a 58% decline between 1970 and 2012. This means that, on average, animal populations are roughly half the size they were 42 years ago.’

And if you want to read just one aspect of what is happening in the world’s oceans, this recent UN report will give you something to ponder: ‘New UN report finds marine debris harming more than 800 species, costing countries millions’. 



18 Truly Remarkable Photos Everyone Needs To See

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on December 10, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame


A turtle riding a jellyfish.

The world is genuinely full of amazing things, some that you could never have imagined existed if you didn’t see them with your own eyes. Discovering them, one wonder at a time, is what makes life so exciting.

Australia: Giant Spider Hunts And Catches A Mouse

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 25, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame

23 oct. 2016

Terrifying moment a massive huntsman spider carries a MOUSE

Meal to go! Amazing moment giant huntsman spider carries a MOUSE away with its fangs
Footage shows huntsman spider dragging a mouse up the side of fridge

Their Masters’ Voices: Dogs Understand Tone And Meaning Of Words

Posted in 2016, animals with tags , , , , on August 30, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame


What did she say?

Enikő Kubinyi/Science

When you praise a dog, it’s listening not just to the words you say but also how you say them.

That might not be huge news to dog owners. But now scientists have explored this phenomenon by using an imaging machine to peek inside the brains of 13 dogs as they listened to their trainer’s voice.

The reward pathway in the dogs’ brains lit up when they heard both praising words and an approving intonation — but not when they heard random words spoken in a praising tone or praise words spoken in a flat tone, according to a report in the journal Science.

“Dogs process both what we say and how we say it in a way which is amazingly similar to how human brains do,” says Attila Andics, a neuroscientist at Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary.



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