December 29, 2020

This African Gray Parrot Is the First Animal To Ever Ask an Existential Question

Have you ever heard of Alex the African gray parrot? This revolutionary bird was the colleague and test subject of Dr. Irene Pepperberg for 30 years during her research into animal psychology—particularly that of birds. Before she began her studies with Alex, birds weren’t considered to be intelligent animals (on account of their walnut-sized brains). In fact, the term “bird brain” was often used as an insult for stupidity. However, Dr.

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December 11, 2020

Giraffes Left Stranded by Flooding in Kenya Are Dramatically Rescued by a Special Barge

A giraffe on a boat sounds like the beginning to a silly joke, but for conservationists in Kenya it was the only answer to a pressing problem. The rising water levels from recent intense rain along Lake Baringo in western Kenya had stranded several endangered Rothschild's (Nubian) giraffes, as their peninsula home became an island with limited food and crocodiles among the shallows. To rescue the stranded giraffes, U.S.

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December 4, 2020

Study Finds That Pets Have Significantly Improved Lives Since the Pandemic Disrupted Human Relationships

Pets' roles as human companions has never been more important than in 2020. During this tough year, people around the world have faced the mental struggles of isolation. Touch—especially—has been hard to safely come by. In the absence of the ability to hug friends and family outside our bubbles, furry friends have stepped in to fill the void.

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