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December 28, 2007

Alex the Grey and Washoe the Chimp

From the NY Times.

There is, no telling what tales they had to tell, the two greatest nonhuman linguists of our day: Washoe, the sign-language-wielding chimpanzee with an intense footwear fetish; and Alex, the wildly outspoken parrot, an African gray known to regularly order about his human researchers and to purposely give them the wrong answers to their questions just to alleviate his boredom. After all, we only ever gave them our own words to work with.

Please read the full story

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December 27, 2007

One killed, two mauled by animal at S.F. Zoo


The big cat exhibit at the San Francisco Zoo was cordoned off as a crime scene Wednesday as investigators tried to determine whether a Siberian tiger that killed a visitor escaped from its high-walled pen on its own or got help from someone, inadvertent or otherwise.

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The same tiger, a 4-year-old female named Tatiana, ripped the flesh off a zookeeper's arm just before Christmas a year ago while the woman fed the animal through the bars.

Please read the whole story.

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December 24, 2007

Happy Holidays.

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December 21, 2007

DECK THE HALLS—BUT DO IT SAFELY, PLEASE

For many of us, ‘tis the season to decorate our homes with live Christmas trees and holiday greenery. But did you know that some of these yuletide traditions can be hazardous to your pet’s health?

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Keep your home safe and read all the dangers at the ASPCA site.

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December 20, 2007

Parrot Returned..there are still angels in the world!

Eighteen year old African Grey Franklin was stolen while boarding at a bird store in New York City. He was then sold to a lady in Queens off of the street, and she learned that he was a stolen bird. She returned Franklin to his grateful pet humans

Read the whole story Here

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December 14, 2007

Another sad Pigeon Story; this one from England

Post-mortem tests carried out by a government laboratory show pigeons in Trafalgar Square are starving to death, according to a campaign group.

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The Veterinary Laboratories Agency examined five corpses and found them to be in "poor bodily condition" and the "gizzard of all birds was empty".

Pigeon Action Group (PAG) says a ban on feeding the birds, introduced by mayor Ken Livingstone in 2003, is to blame.

The mayor's office said measures to reduce pigeon numbers were humane.

The whole story continues stating it's an Agonising death.

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December 13, 2007

a *shocking* Christmas tree

In a small aquarium in Hokkaido, an electric eel is lighting a small Christmas tree. metal sensors in the tank are activated when it detects the eel's bioelectric discharges.

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This will turns on the tree's lights. Visitors can watch the eel snake around and see the tree light until Christmas.

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December 11, 2007

School has an Ace on it's sleeve!

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If you step inside AlWood Elementary School and hear the screeching of a bird, do not call animal control.

It’s just Al, the school’s pet Quaker parrot and unofficial school mascot.

Al’s been living at the school for a year and a half and has made quite an impression on teachers and students.

Please read the fullstory from The Register-Mail Click on the picture on the site to see more!

It's nice to be able to post about a Quaker that is not in danger!~sue

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December 10, 2007

Parrot has man running!

A man has had to change his mobile phone ring tone five times, because his parrot keeps mimicking them.

Whenever Stuart McNae goes out of his room his cheeky pet 'Billy' starts aping the sound of a call and when his owner dashes back to answer the call, the birdie bursts out in fits of giggles.

please read this funny story here

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December 07, 2007

Crow and Kitten are Friends

Found on You Tube:

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December 06, 2007

Damaged dogs plucked from the assembly line

Inhumane ‘puppy mills’ come under increasing state, local enforcement

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One day early last month, Gary Larrowe, the county administrator of Carroll County, Va., declared the small town of Hillsville a disaster area.

There were just too many puppies to deal with.

“We counted 1,080 dogs on November the 2nd,” Larrowe said, making it necessary to call in state emergency officials and the Red Cross to help.

Carroll County found itself with 1,080 dogs — more than 1,100 after new births over the next few days — after county animal control officers, acting on information compiled during a five-month undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States, raided Horton’s Pups, a mass breeding farm in Hillsville, near Roanoke.

More than a dozen animal rescue agencies, some from as far away as Florida, agreed to care for and distribute the dogs for adoption. Their task is difficult. Most were already near capacity, and space is at a premium because, with winter approaching, animals can’t always be housed outdoors.

The breeding farm, which was raided Nov. 1, is “the biggest operation of its kind to our knowledge ever,” said John Snyder of the Humane Society — part of a secret nationwide network of thousands of puppy mills that sell purebred dogs to pet stores, animal brokers and Web-based pet businesses.


Assembly line breeding condemned.


Read the Full Story at MSNBC

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December 04, 2007

Chimps beat humans in memory test

From the BBC:
Chimpanzees have an extraordinary photographic memory that is far superior to ours, research suggests.

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Young chimps outperformed university students in memory tests devised by Japanese scientists


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