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    The largest no-kill, no-cage animal sanctuary in the United States dedicated to cats and run by a woman who used up her retirement savings and home to fund it.


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    A Voluble Visit with Two Talking Apes

    Two bonobo chimpanzees in Iowa are changing how scientists think about the nature of human language.

    Kanzi and Panbanisha understand thousands of words. They use sentences, talk on the phone, and they like to gossip. In short, they use language in many of the same ways humans do.

    That's not supposed to be possible.

    Since the 1950s, linguists including Noam Chomsky have argued that language is unique to humans and requires an innate understanding of grammar.

    A Classroom Accident

    Savage-Rumbaugh says she discovered that by accident in the 1980s, shortly after Kanzi was born.

    At the time, she was at Georgia State University trying to teach words and symbols to Kanzi's adopted mother, Matata. Kanzi was in the classroom, too, but Savage-Rumbaugh wasn't trying to teach him anything.

    "Kanzi would just be around," she says. "He would often be on my head, or jumping down from the top of the keyboard into my lap. If we asked Matata to sort objects, [Kanzi] would jump in the middle of them and mess them all up. So he was just a normal kid."

    Savage-Rumbaugh suspected that Kanzi recognized a few words. But she says it wasn't clear how much Kanzi really knew until he lost his mother.

    Matata was taken away for breeding when Kanzi was 2 years old. At first, he thought his mother was hiding. When he couldn't find her, little Kanzi was bereft.

    An Urge to Talk

    So he turned to his best friend, Savage-Rumbaugh. Kanzi desperately wanted her help, and he began to ask for it by pointing to symbols on Matata's keyboard.



    Kanzi and Panbanisha communicate with researchers by pointing to symbols on lexigram panels like this one.
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    Savage-Rumbaugh says Kanzi used the keyboard more than 300 times on the first day he was separated from Matata. He asked her for food. He asked for affection. He asked for help finding his mom.

    At the time, Savage-Rumbaugh was too worried about Kanzi to fully appreciate what he was doing.

    But later, she had an epiphany: Whatever language was, it was more than words and sentences. It must have deeper roots in social connections and a shared understanding of the world.

    A New Way of Teaching Language

    Savage-Rumbaugh made a decision; She would stop trying to teach words and sentences to apes. She would give Kanzi a reason to talk, and something to talk about.

    "What I had to do is come up with an environment," she says, "a world that would foster the acquisition of these lexical symbols in Kanzi and a greater understanding of spoken human language."

    Savage-Rumbaugh created a world where Kanzi would learn the way human babies do. He and his human friends would eat together and play together. And because bonobos love to travel, Savage-Rumbaugh and Kanzi would hike around their 50-acre home.

    "Whenever we talked about a travel destination, we had Kanzi's immediate attention," Savage-Rumbaugh remembers. "And if we showed him a photo, he wanted to hold it, he wanted to ride on our shoulders and hold the photo and look at it all the way to the place."


    Kanzi, which means "treasure" in Swahili, was born in 1980. His favorite food is onions and his favorite game is chase.


    Before long, Kanzi was doing many of the things humans do with language. He was talking about places and objects that weren't in sight. He was referring to the past and the future. And he was understanding new sentences made up of familiar words.

    The Tests

    Kanzi and Savage-Rumbaugh often sat beside a somewhat polluted river. Every now and then, a Coke can would float by. Savage-Rumbaugh explained to him that people had thrown the cans in the river. At first, she wasn't sure Kanzi understood.

    Then, one day she said, "Kanzi, could you throw your Coke into the river?" Kanzi immediately reached into their backpack, took out the Coke and threw it in the river.

    Savage-Rumbaugh concluded that Kanzi must have understood what the words meant when spoken in that order.

    But linguists were skeptical. They said the sentence, "Throw the river in the Coke," might have produced the same response. They also said Kanzi might have been reacting to her body language, not her words.

    Savage-Rumbaugh was determined to prove that Kanzi really did understand sentences. So she asked him to take a series of scientific language tests.

    In one of the tests, which was videotaped, Savage-Rumbaugh wears a welder's mask so Kanzi can't see her face, and she makes no gestures. She asks Kanzi to perform dozens of unlikely tasks, like putting pine needles in the refrigerator. He understands nearly every request.

    In these tests, Kanzi was doing what linguists said no ape could do. And later, Kanzi's little sister, Panbanisha, would perform even better in similar tests.

    Creative Language

    But linguists still weren't satisfied. They pointed out that humans invent metaphors and figures of speech when literal meanings aren't enough.

    Savage-Rumbaugh says the bonobos pass this test, as well. For example, Panbanisha once used the symbol for "monster" when referring to a visitor who misbehaved.

    Bill Fields, a researcher at the Great Ape Trust and a close friend of Kanzi, recalls another time when Kanzi used language creatively.

    Fields says it was during a visit by a Swedish scientist named Par Segerdahl. Kanzi knew that Segerdahl was bringing bread. But Kanzi's keyboard had no symbol for Segerdahl the scientist. So he got the attention of Savage-Rumbaugh's sister, Liz, and began pointing to the symbols for "bread" and "pear," the fruit.

    "Liz got it immediately," Fields says. "She says, 'What do you mean Kanzi? Are you talking about Par or pears to eat?' And he pointed over to Par."

    Fields says that because Kanzi was raised among humans, he has a powerful desire to communicate with the humans in his world.

    "He wants to share," Fields says. "He wants to do things with people. He wants people to know how smart he is. He wants people to know what he can do. And occasionally he'd like to be able to tell people to do things for him that he can't do for himself, like go down to the Dairy Queen and get him an ice cream with chocolate on it."

    Fields says they used to do that before Kanzi went on a diet.

    Kanzi's Theory of Mind

    Kanzi also has developed a skill closely associated with human language, Fields says. It's called theory of mind — and a growing number of researchers believe it is at least as important as grammar.

    Theory of mind means recognizing that other people have their own beliefs and desires. It also allows someone to imagine the world from another person's point of view.

    Scientists disagree about whether apes have this ability. But Fields has no doubt.

    "I'm missing this finger," Fields says, holding up one of his hands. "One time when Kanzi was grooming my hand, when he got to where the missing finger is, he pretended like it was there. And then he used the keyboard, he uttered, 'Hurt?,' as though to say, 'Does it still hurt?' "

    Kanzi's sentence contained just one word: hurt. But Fields says the sentence reveals something about the very nature of language: Words depend on the social context that produced them.

    At the Great Ape Trust, the bonobos have found ways to extend their social ties with humans — like talking on the phone.

    Straddling Two Worlds

    Savage-Rumbaugh says that talking on the phone helps Kanzi and Panbanisha cope with their odd status as creatures who socialize with humans, but are not human themselves. (Kanzi can make sounds that mean yes or no, and uses a lexigram keyboard for more complicated phone conversations.)

    "They are aware of that, and sometimes it's a sadness because they realize they can't go everywhere we can go and can't do everything that we can do," she says.

    The apes can't go back to the wild either. Bonobos in the Congo have been all but wiped out by hunters. And Kanzi and Panbanisha lived with humans for too long to be able to live on their own in the wild.

    The apes are straddling two worlds, and Savage-Rumbaugh says they seem to know it. She says both apes like to watch movies that blur the boundaries between humans and apes.

    "Kanzi's favorite movies when he was very young were Ice Man and Planet of the Apes," Savage-Rumbaugh says. "I guess his favorite movie of all time is Quest for Fire."

    Listen to the radio show or get the complete transcript here

    Source: National Public radio

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    I just finished a very engrossing futuristic novel recently about bonobos and human interactions, and posted a review here:
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    A Voluble Visit with Two Talking Apes

    Two bonobo chimpanzees in Iowa are changing how scientists think about the nature of human language.

    Kanzi and Panbanisha understand thousands of words. They use sentences, talk on the phone, and they like to gossip. In short, they use language in many of the same ways humans do.

    That's not supposed to be possible.
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    One of the most moving stories I have ever seen.

    "The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with someone when we are uncool." From the movie "Almost Famous""l "Let yourself stand cool and composed before a million universes." Walt Whitman

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    Snow Leopard Cub Starts Physical Therapy to Help Her Learn to Walk
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    "A new snow leopard born at the Bronx Zoo is discovered to have trouble supporting herself on her back legs, which means she needs a lot of help to get her up and walking."



    (Here she is later, sassy as ever but not so fat, and now able to walk...)

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    Jessica the Hippo Raised by Human Parents
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    "Jessica may not be a baby hippo anymore, but that doesn't stop her from enjoying a bottle of her favorite tea, sleeping on the porch with the family dog, or eating dinner in the kitchen with her human parents, Tonie and Shirley Joubert."


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    "An adult polar bear named Agee has an unusually close bond with Mark Dumas, the man who has hand-raised her since she was a cub. They swim together and cuddle. She even purrs like a cat when he's near."

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    Just sayin hello no harm done.

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    Crows and problem solving



    The only smart device I enjoy watching





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    Chickens can identify images and can be trained to count! Pleased to meet you Little Miss Sunshine.

    Edgars Mission is a fabulous place to visit.


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    Jinjing The Penguin - Swims 5000 Miles Every Year To Visit The Man Who Saved Him
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    "This is a story about Jinjing the South American Magellanic Penguin, that swims 5,000 miles each year to be reunited with the man who saved his life.

    The rescued Penguin was saved by João Pereira de Souza, a 73 year old part-time fisherman, who lives in an island village just outside Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    Joao found the tiny penguin, at his local beach lying on rocks, it was covered in oil, could barely move and was close to death.

    Joao cleaned the oil off the penguin's feathers and fed him a daily diet of fish to build his strength. He named the penguin Jin Jing.

    Every year the Penguin leaves to the breeding grounds and then returns to Joao.

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    Young Gorillas Have Learnt to Dismantle Poachers' Traps in The Wild


    Days after a poacher's trap killed a young mountain gorilla in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park in 2012, researchers spotted something remarkable: two four-year old gorillas working together to dismantle similar snares in the area.

    "This is absolutely the first time that we've seen juveniles doing that ... I don't know of any other reports in the world of juveniles destroying snares," Veronica Vecellio from the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund's Karisoke Research Centre in Rwanda told National Geographic at the time.

    "We are the largest database and observer of wild gorillas ... so I would be very surprised if somebody else has seen that."

    Thousands of these snares are set up by local bush meat hunters to catch antelopes and other animals for eating, and while they reportedly have no interest in primates, young gorillas are sometimes unintentionally caught up and left to die.

    The traps work by tying a noose to a branch of bamboo stalk, and bending it down to the ground, with another stick or rock used to hold the noose in place. The whole thing is obscured by dry leaves and branches.

    When an animal comes along and unknowingly moves the anchoring rock or stick, the branch flings back up and tightens the noose around it, holding it in place till the poachers come looking. "If the creature is light enough, it will actually be hoisted into the air," Ker Than wrote for National Geographic.

    While adult gorillas are large and strong enough to extract themselves, young gorillas often are not, and if they don't die from being stuck in the trap, they run a very real risk of dying from injuries sustained during their escape, such as dislocated bones and gangrenous cuts.

    This is particularly bad news, seeing as the gorillas in this part of the word - a subspecies of the eastern gorilla called Gorilla beringei beringei - are now critically endangered, and the population simply cannot sustain the consistent loss of young gorillas to snares.

    Vecellio and her team were searching the park daily for these traps and dismantling them, but in 2012, one of the local trackers spotted one near the Kuryama gorilla clan, which had lost one of its juveniles to a trap just days earlier.

    The tracker, John Ndayambaje, went to dismantle the snare, but was given a warning signal by the dominant male of the clan to back off.

    "Suddenly two juveniles - Rwema, a male; and Dukore, a female; both about four years old - ran toward the trap," Than reported.

    "As Ndayambaje and a few tourists watched, Rwema jumped on the bent tree branch and broke it, while Dukore freed the noose."

    The two gorillas then reportedly found another snare, and with the help of another juvenile, managed to dismantle that one too.

    The researchers suspect that the confidence and speed with which they destroyed the traps means these young gorillas had learnt how dangerous they were, and had dismantled them before.

    While a great solution would be to have the researchers go out and teach more gorillas how to dismantle these traps, Vecellio and her team said it would be unethical to mess with the gorillas' behaviour to that degree.

    They just have to hope the juveniles continue to spread their knowledge throughout the clan on their own.

    "No we can't teach them," she told National Geographic. "We try as much as we can to not interfere with the gorillas. We don't want to affect their natural behaviour."
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    I know I have posted this elsewhere but this is worth sharing here.

    Daring, resourceful, tenacious, clever - this describes Stoffel the Honey badger. See him in this short video, constantly outwitting Brian Jones, a wildlife conservationist who protects and cares for injured honeybadgers in his park.

    I couldn't help but laugh with admiration over Stoffels sheer ingenuity and audacity!

    "...then he dug up the rocks, he'd rolled them with his back feet to the wall, and neatly piled them up high enough and then he'd get out.."

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    Moritz the Minipig knows the right place for the triangle, the square and the circle



    Smarty the minipig, sorting out the plastic from the paper recycling. Now if only I could train the rest of my household to do this as well as Smarty!


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    The Jail Dogs of Gwinnett County. Operation second chance.

    Saving the lives of dogs and inmates.

    "...Animals can definitely bring people out and change the way we feel. We watch it every day. You've got guys in here, their whole lives, they've acted tough. They've had to show face, they didn't want someone taking from them, and a dog will get adopted and five or six of us will be in our rooms crying."

    "...If they can take people like us, the dregs of society if you will, and instil this in us, then surely, you can instil this in everyone."

    This would soften any soul.


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    Andy Casagrande has spent years capturing the most daring underwater shots of sharks in their native habitats.

    He says that the best divers in the worlds are sharks.

    "...If you remain zen, and realise that everything you have been taught about this animal is essentially a lie, then you can beat it. Not beat the animal, but beat your own mind.
    Stay there, remain calm and just understand that you are sharing the same liquid space with this animal that has been around for four dinosaurs, way before you. It's just co-existing."


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    The greatest imitator of them all - Lyrebirds imitate other birds and local soundscapes to attract mates. These clever creatures imitate camera shutters, cars starting, car alarms, chainsaws, nail guns, blokes (Aussie men) whistling, drllls - you get the picture




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    Each breath a gift...
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    Didn't notice this posted? ... Bobcat and coyote "siblings"

    When you are one step ahead of the crowd, you are a genius.
    Two steps ahead, and you are deemed a crackpot.

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    Horse Connection Meditation Calls in 7 Eagles - Follow Along!
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    "Join us as the herd and BodyTalk practitioner and Animal Communicator, Güliz Ünlü, guide you into deeper connection with your body and the horses/animals around you. Follow along and activate/open your energy centers (chakras)... prepare to be amazed at what shows up..."
    Each breath a gift...
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