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Cheats of the bird world: Cuckoo finches fool host parents

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Cuckoo finches that lay more than one egg in their victims' nests have a better chance of bamboozling host parents into fostering their parasitic young, a study has found.
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Prosocial capacities shared by humans and other species: empathy, reciprocity, altruism, bonding, play, tool use, communication
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Court Rules Captive Orangutan Is 'Non-Human Person' And Can Be Freed

Court Rules Captive Orangutan Is 'Non-Human Person' And Can Be Freed | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
By Richard Lough

BUENOS AIRES, Dec 21 (Reuters) - An orangutan held in an Argentine zoo can be freed and transferred to a sanctuary after a court recognized the ape as a "non-human person" unlawfully deprived of its freedom, local media ...

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Monkey See, Monkey Speak

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Scientists use language and logic to translate monkey sounds into English and develop linguistic rules for primate dialects.
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This Baby Elephant fell But What Happened Next Is The Most Adorable Thing You’re Going To See Today!

When your baby falls, you want to help him up. Same goes in the animal kingdom. Everything started in Zurich specifically at Zürich Zoo's Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park, when a baby elephant named Omysha was trying to climb up but…
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Hearing capabilities of bushcrickets and mammals

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A detailed review of the functional mechanics of katydid (bushcricket) hearing, draws distinct parallels between the ear of the bushcricket and tetrapods. 
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Baby Goat Rejected By His Mom Becomes Best Friends With A Human

Baby Goat Rejected By His Mom Becomes Best Friends With A Human | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
When this adorable little pygmy goat named Benjamin was born at Pot House Hamlet in the U.K., he was rejected by his mother because she had had twins and couldn’t support both of them.
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Crows Are Smarter than You Think

Crows Are Smarter than You Think | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Crows have the cognitive skills to solve more complex problems than previously believed, a new study reports.
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Here’s how pearlfish call to each other from inside the bodies of other living animals | Running Ponies, Scientific American Blog Network

Here’s how pearlfish call to each other from inside the bodies of other living animals | Running Ponies, Scientific American Blog Network | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
A new study has revealed how marine pearlfish communicate with each other from the confines of their very safe and comfy homes inside oysters - they ...
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Why Birds Don't Have Teeth

Why Birds Don't Have Teeth | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Birds — like anteaters, baleen whales and turtles — don't have teeth. But this wasn't always the case. The common ancestor of all living birds sported a set of pearly whites 116 million years ago, a new study finds.
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Parrot attempts to befriend cautious kitten - YouTube

Parrot attempts to befriend cautious kitten - YouTube | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
This Indian Ringneck parrot tries his best to befriend an adorable kitten, but the little guy won't let his guard down. We all know it simply takes time to b...
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7 little-known animals that are delightfully weird

7 little-known animals that are delightfully weird | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Strange but true: The Venezuelan poodle moth, pictured here, was originally believed to be an Internet hoax
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Your Dog May Understand More Than You Realize

Your Dog May Understand More Than You Realize | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Sometimes it may seem like your dog doesn't want to listen, but a new study finds dog brains process human speech a lot like ours do. Your pooch may understand more than he lets on.
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Science Explains Why Golden Retrievers Are Awesome

Everyone loves golden retrievers -- of course; they're usually gorgeous with goofy, lovely personalities.

But have you ever wondered what actually makes a golden retriever a golden retriever? And what makes them so irresistibly nice, by and large...
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Equine Therapy - Horses Help Vets to Heal

Equine Therapy - Horses Help Vets to Heal | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Enjoy highlights from ABILITY Magazine, a national publication dedicated to health and disABILITY awareness. Showcases celebrity-, political- and technology-related interviews.

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Europe shows that humans and large predators can share the same landscape

Europe shows that humans and large predators can share the same landscape | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it

Photo Credit: Henrik Andrén

The recovery of large carnivores in Europe is a great success for nature conservation. At one third of mainland Europe, at least one species of large carnivore is present, according to an article in the scientific magazine Science that researchers from 26 countries have contributed to. It is an excellent example that humans and carnivores can share the same landscape, says main author Guillaume Chapron, from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

 

By the early 20th century, large carnivores had been exterminated from most of Europe, with just relict populations persisting. Now we have increasing or stable populations of brown bears, wolves, Eurasian lynx and wolverines, and they do not live in a remote wilderness but in a human-dominated landscape.

 

That is a great difference in comparison to the strategies being pursued in other parts of the world where carnivores are mainly protected in large national parks or wilderness areas, separated from people. If Europe had used that model we would hardly have any carnivores at all because there are not enough large areas of wilderness remaining.


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Evidence That Chimpanzee Moms Can Be Sneaky, Too

Evidence That Chimpanzee Moms Can Be Sneaky, Too | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Maternal love among chimpanzees is abundant, says commentator Barbara J. King. But things can take an unexpected turn, as in this short video when a mom covets her son's nut-cracking tools.
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10 Animals That Trade Sex For Favors

10 Animals That Trade Sex For Favors | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Humans didn't invent the idea of combining sex and commerce. Plenty of animals are willing to mate, only if the price is right. Here are 10 animals who will offer sex for reasons other than just preserving the species.
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Crows join human, apes and monkeys in exhibiting advanced relational thinking

Crows join human, apes and monkeys in exhibiting advanced relational thinking | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Crows have long been heralded for their high intelligence - they can remember faces, use tools and communicate in sophisticated ways.
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Birds heard deadly storms coming and escaped before they hit

Birds heard deadly storms coming and escaped before they hit | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Researchers discovered that birds in Tennessee flew nearly 1,000 miles to avoid a raft of tornadoes that eventually killed 35 people
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The Strange Tale of a New Species of Lizard

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Aspidoscelis neavesi was produced in the lab by mating two other species, and its creation defies conventional ideas about how new species evolve.

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Gerald Carey's curator insight, December 18, 9:42 PM

Unreal story about a species of lizard that has been found to contain two, three and even four sets of distinct chromosomes. How is this possible?

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Scientists Finally Figure Out How Fireflies Light Up

Scientists Finally Figure Out How Fireflies Light Up | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Scientists have long known the chemistry behind fireflies’ bioluminescence, but until now, they never understood the physics behind it.
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Smart parrot makes kittens a toy. - YouTube

this parrot seems to know these kittens need something to keep them busy and makes a toy out of the milk carton top

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Watch: Video of Rare Deep-Sea Shark Blows Researcher's Mind

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A Greenland shark, one of the world's largest shark species, pops up on deep-sea video and shocks scientists.
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Dog brains process human speech in the same way we do

Dog brains process human speech in the same way we do | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Sometimes it may seem like your dog doesn’t want to listen. But in our study, however, we’ve found that he may understand more than he lets on.
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You Can’t Be Sad Seeing This Orphaned Pygmy Goat Frolic With the Brit Who Took Him In

You Can’t Be Sad Seeing This Orphaned Pygmy Goat Frolic With the Brit Who Took Him In | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
When Benjamin the pygmy goat was born, his mother was unable to wean both him and his twin. In his fragile state, he found a rescuer in Tom Horsfield…
Tom took in the baby goat and has dedicated himself to raising him over the last month.
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