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5 Children Raised By Animals

Here are 5 incredible cases of children who were raised by animals. Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TopTrending Visit our site: http://TopTrend...
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Meet the 183-year-old #tortoise who is the world's oldest living land creature - Telegraph

Meet the 183-year-old #tortoise who is the world's oldest living land creature - Telegraph | Animals R Us | Scoop.it
Jonathan the tortoise, who lives on the British territory of St Helena, is thought to be the world’s oldest living land creature

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This is really amazing to see such a amazing creature live this long. Just makes me wonder if he's gonna out live me!

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PHOTOS: Baby Animals With Their Parents Show Us All Families Are the Same

PHOTOS: Baby Animals With Their Parents Show Us All Families Are the Same | Animals R Us | Scoop.it
Photo: DailyMail UKAnimals, they’re just like you and me. They like to eat, sleep, play, take selfies and hang with their families.

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The Intriguing New Science That Could Change Your Mind About Rats | WIRED

The Intriguing New Science That Could Change Your Mind About Rats | WIRED | Animals R Us | Scoop.it

As Oxford University zoologist Alex Kacelnik and colleagues noted in a 2012 Biology Lettersreflection on empathy research, some ants display helping behaviors similar to Mason and Ben-Ami Bartal’s rats. “Any solid evidence for empathy in non-humans would be a notable advance,” they wrote, “but, in our view, it remains unproven outside humans.”

 

Other researchers defended the possibility of rat empathy.


“Ants are not rats,”quipped Frans de Waal, an Emory University ethologist who has written extensively about empathy, on Facebook. “It would be totally surprising, from a Darwinian perspective, if humans had empathy and other mammals totally lacked it.” As for Mason and Ben-Ami Bartal, they’ve downplayed the empathy interpretation in their latest work, restricting it to speculative discussion.

we think of this oft-reviled creature, and maybe even ourselves.

 

BY BRANDON KEIM  


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Learning From Animal Friendships

Learning From Animal Friendships | Animals R Us | Scoop.it
Interspecies interactions are all over YouTube. Yes, they’re cute, but are they useful to scientists?

 

Among other things, researchers say, the alliances could add to an understanding of how species communicate, what propels certain animals to connect across species lines and the degree to which some animals can adopt the behaviors of other species.

 

 

“There’s no question that studying these relationships can give you some insight into the factors that go into normal relationships,” said Gordon Burghardt, a professor in the departments of psychology and ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Tennessee, who added that one video he liked to show students was of a small and persistent tortoise tussling over a ball with a Jack Russell terrier.


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Do Dolphins Grieve?

Do Dolphins Grieve? | Animals R Us | Scoop.it
Marine biologists observed dolphins carrying their dead at the surface. Could this be a sign of grieving?
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Bad reputation of crows demystified

Bad reputation of crows demystified | Animals R Us | Scoop.it
In literature, crows and ravens arebad omens and are associated with witches. Most people believe they steal, eat other birds' eggs and reduce the populations of other birds.

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Caring and sharing is monkey business

Caring and sharing is monkey business | Animals R Us | Scoop.it
Chimpanzees, much like children, can learn to be kind by observing and experiencing the kindness of others, according to new research by the University of St Andrews.

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A beautiful starling murmuration

A beautiful starling murmuration | Animals R Us | Scoop.it
If you like starling murmurations you'll get a mental orgasm with this stunning video filmed by Alpacamedia in Utretch, Netherlands. Just sit back, take it to full screen, hit play, and the rest of the world will fade away while you watch thousands of birds dance to a mysterious silent song.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

The week in wildlife – in pictures | Animals R Us | Scoop.it
A ghost crab, ‘kissing’ seals and the return of Oregon’s wolves feature in this week’s round-up of images from the natural world

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Are you smarter than a rat?

Are you smarter than a rat? | Animals R Us | Scoop.it
Meet the scientist who runs rats and people through mazes to find out how intelligent they are.

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Seattle Dog Figures Out Bus, Regularly Rides To Dog Park Solo

Seattle Dog Figures Out Bus, Regularly Rides To Dog Park Solo | Animals R Us | Scoop.it
Seattle's public transit system has had a ruff go of things lately, and that has riders smiling.

You see, of the 120 million riders who used the system last year, one of them is actually a dog. Seattle's KOMO-TV reports the 2-year-old black Labrad...

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China Changes To Save Thousands Of Animals From Experimentation

China Changes To Save Thousands Of Animals From Experimentation | Animals R Us | Scoop.it
(ANIMAL TESTING/ANIMAL RIGHTS) CHINA — After two long years of lobbying from Humane Society International's Be-Cruelty Free Chinafo campaign, animal testing for certain cosmetics will no longer be a requirement in the country.
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StoneGirl's curator insight, September 18, 2014 3:33 PM

This is a great article and glad to see the reach across nations about Animal Testing/Animal Rights

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CAUGHT: Pittsburgh Zoo Unleashes Biting Dogs On Elephants

CAUGHT: Pittsburgh Zoo Unleashes Biting Dogs On Elephants | Animals R Us | Scoop.it

For the love of animals. Pass it on.


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What’s Up With That: Why Do Cats Love Boxes So Much?

What’s Up With That: Why Do Cats Love Boxes So Much? | Animals R Us | Scoop.it
What are we to make of the strange gravitational pull that empty boxes have on cats?
The post What’s Up With That: Why Do Cats Love Boxes So Much? appeared first on WIRED.

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Miracle cat claws its way out of its own grave five days after being buried

Miracle cat claws its way out of its own grave five days after being buried | Animals R Us | Scoop.it
A young cat in Florida was buried alive by its owner, who thought he was dead after getting hit by a car. But Bart proved everyone wrong by climbing from his own grave.

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Compassion fatigue: Why are Animal Caretakers Suffering as Much as the Animals?

Compassion fatigue: Why are Animal Caretakers Suffering as Much as the Animals? | Animals R Us | Scoop.it
Animal shelter workers are responsible for lives every day. Those difficult decisions that no one wants to make clash with their innate empathy, compassion and love for animals, and can lead to:

Sleepless nights
Nightmares
Alcohol or drug abuse
Emotional “numbing”
Feelings of guilt
Depression

 

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Chimps learn social behaviour from each other

Chimps learn social behaviour from each other | Animals R Us | Scoop.it
Researchers from the University of St Andrews and Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, showed chimpanzees learn kindness by watching each otherClaim it's the first evidence children and chimps share traits of altruismIn the experiment, pairs of chimps, monkeys, children and adults chose whether or not to reward each other with treatsStudy found that adults did but monkeys and young children didn'tChildren and chimps learned kind behaviour off more generous individuals
...Monkey see, monkey don't: The study revealed that capuchin monkeys (stock image shown) and young children didn’t display any prosocial traits in certain situations. But some children who failed to display kindness, showed generous behaviour after watching other kinder children.
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Kid Rock angers animal rights activists by posing with a dead lion

Kid Rock angers animal rights activists by posing with a dead lion | Animals R Us | Scoop.it

The picture, which was uploaded to Facebook by right-wing rock singer Ted Nugent, shows the pair holding up the dead mountain lion with a caption defending hunting as legal.


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Dog-human cooperation is based on social skills of wolves, scientists show

 Wolves are at least as tolerant and socially attentive as dogs.

Dogs are man's best friend and partner. The origins of this dog-human relationship were subject of a study by behavioural scientists from the Messerli Research Institute at the Vetmeduni Vienna and the Wolf Science Center. They showed that the ancestors of dogs, the wolves, are at least as attentive to members of their species and to humans as dogs are. This social skill did not emerge during domestication, as has been suggested previously, but was already present in wolves.
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Silk-weaving ant study sees new behavior

Silk-weaving ant study sees new behavior | Animals R Us | Scoop.it
A James Cook University Professor's study of silk-weaving ants is promising to change our understanding of how all creatures work together.

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Hero Cat Saves Baby from Freezing to Death

Hero Cat Saves Baby from Freezing to Death | Animals R Us | Scoop.it
Masha the long-haired kitty climbed into a box left outside and kept an abandoned baby warm for several hours

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Meet Corky: Nearly a Half-Century in a Tank - SeaWorld of Hurt

Meet Corky: Nearly a Half-Century in a Tank - SeaWorld of Hurt | Animals R Us | Scoop.it

See her sad story and what you can do to help.


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Japanese Company Fills Offices with Cats to Help Employees Unwind and Improve Productivity

Japanese Company Fills Offices with Cats to Help Employees Unwind and Improve Productivity | Animals R Us | Scoop.it
In a cramped city like Tokyo, where owning a pet is a luxury and most apartments have strict no-pets policies, it’s hard for cat lovers to spend quality time with their favorite animals.

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Kidnapped Ethiopian girl rescued by caring, protective lions

Kidnapped Ethiopian girl rescued by caring, protective lions | Animals R Us | Scoop.it
A 12-year-old girl kidnapped in Ethiopia was found several days after her abduction, safe under the watchful eyes of three lions.

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