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trilosaur2 days ago
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Secretary birds are pretty cool 馃グ
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great-and-small17 hours ago
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Me whenever I see a crab scuttling around at the beach
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kp777a day ago
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ravensvalleya day ago
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#You'veGotAFriendInMe
Not good quality pictures, it has been extracted from a video. But that's not the point.
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daily-fun-animal-facts16 hours ago
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Shoebills
Shoebills rarely raise more than one chick, but will hatch more. The younger chicks usually die and are intended as "back-ups" in case the eldest chick dies or is weak. Fledging is reached at around 105 days and the young birds can fly well by 112 days. However, they are still fed for possibly a month or more after this.
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violetsandshrikes5 months ago
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imagine you鈥檙e looking at rocks at the beach and you get jumped by an octopus
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earhartsease3 months ago
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Hey tumblr zoologists, does anyone know whether there's a plausible theory as to why, out of all the big cats, lions somewhere along the line decided "ooh wouldn't it be cool in evolutionary terms if our tails had pompoms on the end?"
What is it for please
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sachinmandal10 months ago
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Vampire amoeba
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bunjywunjy2 months ago
What can you tell me about the miner鈥檚 cat?
we call them ringtail cats here, but same difference.
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these adorable little guys are closely related to raccoons and are WAY more common than you think- if you live in the southwestern or south-western (these are different areas, I swear) US, chances are that if a raccoon knocked over your trash last night, it may not have actually been a raccoon at all!
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LUCKY YOU.
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zoologicallyobsessed5 months ago
Do you think those cat/dogs learning to talk with buttons thing is actually accurate? I know even primates apparently dont know how to parse human words (with regards to sign language) so i struggle to understand why dogs or cats suddenly understand complex english
They don鈥檛 actually understand what the buttons mean. These animals aren鈥檛 capable of processing language like we humans do and they tend to react more to your tone and visual cues then the actual words you鈥檙e saying.聽
The buttons are just very basic operant conditioning. I very basic form of cognition in animals. They press the buttons because they are rewarded for doing so, not because they actually understand the meaning behind the buttons.
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You can see in those videos (they do usually edit it out, but sometimes the creator of these videos just outright admits it) that it can take their pet something like 15 - 20 minutes to respond via the buttons.
Claims that the pets are asking questions ect. feel very staged / trained (like the below for example). Remember these videos are all coming from people on tiktok and people will do anything for a bit of internet fame. Scientific research has shown that dogs do not pass the聽鈥渕irror test鈥 but the mirror test is a very outdated way to show self-recognition in animals.
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You compare this to the language studies done by Pepperberg with African Grey Parrots like Alex; in which they were able to ask questions they weren鈥檛 already trained to ask, form sentences they weren鈥檛 previously trained to do, display self-recognition (via asking what colour they were), could understand syntax and form their own words eg. Alex called apples聽鈥渂anerries鈥,聽 a combination of "banana" and "cherry", two fruits he was more familiar with.
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I prefer not to touch on koko the gorilla because that research is already pretty widely criticised with a lack of actual data, and there was evidence of the聽Clever Hans effect (her trainers' unconscious cues were prompting her to display specific signs).聽
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protectoursharks2 months ago
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Plerogyra sinuosa or Bubble Coral聽
Appropriately named, the bubble coral is covered in bubble-like polyps that are filled with water; these can develop in different colors and shapes. The polyps also contain zooxanthellae, causing the bubbles to expand during the day and retract at night.聽
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danikoshi20 days ago
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Here to tell yall that this absolute creature exists
Its called the Palawan Peacock-Pheasant and its endemic to the island of Palawan in the Philippines
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mindblowingscience9 months ago
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Scientists working off the western coast of Mexico say they have found a previously unknown species of whale.
Three beaked whales were spotted last month by a team of scientists working with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society near the San Benito Islands, some 300 miles from the US border, according to a press release published Tuesday.
The team had set out to try to find out what kind of whales were making an unidentified acoustic signal previously recorded in the area.
Beaked whale experts working alongside Sea Shepherd's scientific department managed to take photographs and video recordings of the three whales, and also recorded their acoustic signals using an underwater microphone.
Continue Reading.
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jurassicsunsetsa year ago
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disc-winged bats have suction cups on their hands
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sucker-footed bats are similar but they use sticky sweat, not suction cup hands
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s茫o tom茅 collared fruit bats have three lower incisors with one in the middle like tom cruise
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mouse-tailed bats have really long tails聽
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new zealand short-tailed bats prefer to walk on the forest floor and often dig for food, they also sometimes dig burrows聽
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bulldog bats catch fish聽
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spectral bats catch and eat birds
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bat wings have such large surface area with blood vessels so close to the skin that they can do up to 11% of their gas exchange directly through the skin, this is measured like this:
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vampire bats are the only known vertebrates that lack maltase, the enzyme that breaks down maltose sugars
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honduran white bats make leaf tents and sleep together in piles
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now you know more about bats
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