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Chimps, gorillas and other primates in peril amid illegal trafficking and forest destruction

The multibillion-dollar trade in illegal wildlife _ clandestine trafficking that has driven iconic creatures like the tiger to near-extinction _ is also threatening the survival of great apes, a new...
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FILE - In this July 18, 2012 file photo provided by the Chicago Zoological Society shows Maggie, a Bornean orangutan who lives in Brookfield Zoo’s Tropic World exhibit, relaxing on her 51st birthday in...   (Associated Press)
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Prosocial capacities shared by humans and other species: empathy, reciprocity, altruism, bonding, play, tool use, communication
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How lizards regenerate their tails: Researchers discover genetic 'recipe'

How lizards regenerate their tails: Researchers discover genetic 'recipe' | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
By understanding the secret of how lizards regenerate their tails, researchers may be able to develop ways to stimulate the regeneration of limbs in humans.
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Western Scrub Jays Are Capable of Metacognition

Western Scrub Jays Are Capable of Metacognition | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Evidence suggests that humans are not the only animals that can think about thinking
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This Hyperactive Acid Trip Is Actually Birdsong Visualized

Australian artist Andy Thomas recently built a visualizer for birdsongs, the latest in his fascinating line up of so-called "audio life forms." As the term implies, these gorgeous creations look like the sounds they represent and react accordingly.
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I Was SO Nervous When This Squirrel Jumped Onto The Cat's Back! I Can't Believe What Happened Next!

I Was SO Nervous When This Squirrel Jumped Onto The Cat's Back! I Can't Believe What Happened Next! | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
It wasn’t until I saw this video that I realized how perfect cats and squirrels can be together. This is like a match made in playdate heaven!!
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Bats Bolster Brain Hypothesis

Bats Bolster Brain Hypothesis | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
A new study on how bats use echolocation lends support to the temporal binding hypothesis and could also have positive implications for new technology development.
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Dolphin adopts new calf - New Zealand Herald

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Dolphin adopts new calf
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A bottlenose dolphin thought to have lost its calf after becoming stranded in the Kerikeri Inlet five years ago has adopted a baby of another species.
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Proof That Dogs Love You No Matter How Much Money You Don’t Have

Proof That Dogs Love You No Matter How Much Money You Don’t Have | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Once a dog forms a close relationship with a caring owner, their loyalty can be unbreakable, and they will stick with their owner through thick and thin. And unlike us, dogs don’t pass judgment on people who are down on their luck or homeless.
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Unconditional love! No words needed, just look at the picture! My foundation is helping 'Minimum' pets with food through food banks and veterinary care and aftercare of sick or injured poor peoples pets in the Netherlands. www.huisdierenwelzijn.nl of follow on @huisdierwelzijn
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Bat wing practice maximises flight efficiency

Bat wing practice maximises flight efficiency | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Australian bats developed a high-speed flying technology some 50 million years before aircraft engineers, according to Department of Parks and Wildlife zoologist Norm McKenzie.
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Population density and testes size: More than meets the eye

Population density and testes size: More than meets the eye | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
A team of researchers has discovered that changes in population density can affect the size of animals' testes and therefore impact on reproduction.
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The Kindness Of Strangers: Bonobos Are Just As Capable Of Empathy As We Are

The Kindness Of Strangers: Bonobos Are Just As Capable Of Empathy As We Are | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
For the love of animals. Pass it on. (RT @dodo: Empathy isn't just for humans.
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Whales and Dolphins Squeal With Delight, Study Finds

Whales and Dolphins Squeal With Delight, Study Finds | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
A bottlenose dolphin calls. Photograph by Frans Lanting, National Geographic Creative Beluga whales and bottlenose dolphins express their pleasure by squealing like children, a new study suggests for the first time.  The squeaky sounds, which are...
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Geckos use toe hairs to turn stickiness on/off

Geckos use toe hairs to turn stickiness on/off | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
If you've ever watched a gecko, you probably wondered about their uncanny ability to adhere to any surface -- including upside down.
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The Gorilla Foundation, Koko Mourn and Express Condolences to Family of Friend, Actor and Humanitarian Robin Williams

The Gorilla Foundation today joined the world in mourning and expressing condolences to the family of friend and actor Robin Williams, whose kindness, humor and commitment to Great Ape preservation touched all at the Foundation, including Koko the gorilla. In celebration of Williams, the Foundation also released powerful video footage of the actor’s emotional meeting with Koko.
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Songbird student pilots delay departure and make frequent stopovers during first migration

Songbird student pilots delay departure and make frequent stopovers during first migration | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Juvenile songbirds on spring migration travel from overwintering sites in the tropics to breeding destinations thousands of kilometres away with no prior experience to guide them.
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The media's growing interest in how animals think

The media's growing interest in how animals think | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
The more divorced we become from animals in our daily lives, the more we want to look at them online
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Dogs help with therapy sessions - Killeen Daily Herald

Dogs help with therapy sessions - Killeen Daily Herald | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Dogs help with therapy sessions Killeen Daily Herald “Autism assistance dogs are a new type of therapy and these animals are specially trained to provide emotional support for special needs children,” said Renaud, director of the Animal Assisted...
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Understanding parallels of human and animal parenting can benefit generations to come

Understanding parallels of human and animal parenting can benefit generations to come | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Strong evidence now shows that human and animal parenting share many nervous system mechanisms. Better understanding this biology could lead to improved social development, benefiting generations of humans and animals to come.
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Irene Pepperberg (Animal Cognition Scientist) | NOVA scienceNOW

Funding for NOVA ScienceNOW is provided by the National Science Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
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New study takes the shine off magpie folklore

New study takes the shine off magpie folklore | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Magpies are not attracted to shiny objects and don't routinely steal small trinkets such as jewelry, according to a new study.
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Minke Whales Feast Under Antarctic Ice, Study Finds

Minke Whales Feast Under Antarctic Ice, Study Finds | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Minke whales feast under Antarctic sea ice with frequent gulps of krill-laden water, study finds.

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Study drops hints that dogs could get jealous

Study drops hints that dogs could get jealous | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
When Shetland sheepdog Maggie comes home from the groomer, her owners praise and pet her shiny coat, much to the chagrin of pit bull Stormy, who will head-butt her until their family cuts out the compliments.
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Cuckoos hide from each other using 'cryptic' eggs

Cuckoos hide from each other using 'cryptic' eggs | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Cuckoos aren't the kind of parents you'd want. They never raise their young ones, leaving that job to other birds. They achieve this by laying their eggs in other expectant birds' nests, who treat them as their own and take on parenting duties.
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Little penguins forage together

Little penguins forage together | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Most little penguins may search for food in groups, and even synchronize their movements during foraging trips, according to a study published August 13, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Maud Berlincourt and John Arnould from Deakin...
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Ants May Boost CO2 Absorption Enough to Slow Global Warming

Ants May Boost CO2 Absorption Enough to Slow Global Warming | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Ants can speed up mineral reactions that capture atmospheric carbon dioxide so dramatically that they could one day be enlisted in the fight against climate change -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com...
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Robin Williams' death hits gorilla friend hard - The Denver Channel

Robin Williams' death hits gorilla friend hard - The Denver Channel | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it

 "Koko and Robin's encounter is a supreme example of how humans and gorillas can overcome interspecies boundaries and express the highest form of empathy -- embracing...

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