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    Hippo in Osaka's zoo enjoys teeth-cleaning service
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    (I would not have believed this if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes.)

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    Just a wonderful photo!

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    That's amazing, Onawah!

    Beluga whales seem to be very intelligent and playful.
    Here's one playing "fetch" with a ball (in the wild as well):

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    Wild fox and tame dog become friends,
    an uplifting little story with some beautiful footage:

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    Short video, macaque mimicks a wildlife photographer ...

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    Today I am so happy to report that my hummingbirds are back! I have four feeders up and they are covered in little flying jewels! I stood out on my porch for a long time just watching them fly around me twittering and chirping. It is a very relaxing and enjoyable way to spend the morning.
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    oh Karen! how awesome! i love hummingbirds!!

    you're so lucky they come to visit you!



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    this one is from my collection .. coincidentally, the first time i posted it was in April almost to the day in 2015
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    A man encounters an iguana in the sea, quite a long way away from the coast and offers him a lift back which the iguana gladly accepts:

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    Default Harpegnathos saltator | Indian jumping ants

    Harpegnathos saltator! (And the same to me )

    A wonderful name isn't it?

    Perhaps we need a thread for insects, who aren't technically animals. Still, it's an interesting area I think, so for the entomologists amongst you, a study recently published by the Royal Society.

    There have been many moments where I wished I could increase my own brain size but for now I'll just make do with the size it is at the moment

    Reversible plasticity in brain size, behaviour and physiology characterizes caste transitions in a socially flexible ant (Harpegnathos saltator)
    Clint A. Penick, Majid Ghaninia, Kevin L. Haight, Comzit Opachaloemphan, Hua Yan, Danny Reinberg and Jürgen Liebig
    Published:14 April 2021

    https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2021.0141

    Source: https://royalsocietypublishing.org/d...rspb.2021.0141

    Here's the Guardian article:

    Indian jumping ants have ability to shrink brain and re-grow it — study
    Colony does not perish when queen dies as ‘chosen’ workers shrink brains and expand their ovaries



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    Few species in the animal kingdom can change the size of their brain. Fewer still can change it back to its original size. Now researchers have found the first insect species with that ability: Indian jumping ants.

    They are like catnip to researchers in the field. In contrast to their cousins, Indian jumping ants colonies do not perish once their queen dies. Instead, “chosen” workers take her place – with expanded ovaries and shrunken brains – to produce offspring. But, if a worker’s “pseudo-queen” status is somehow revoked, their bodies can bounce back, the research suggests.

    Typically, whether an ant will be a worker or a queen is decided at the larval stage. If fed generously and given the right hormones, the ant has the chance to become a big queen. If not, then it is stuck with a career as a sterile worker deprived of the opportunity to switch – unless it’s part of a species such as the Indian jumping ant.

    “They have this ability to completely transform themselves at the adult stage, and that makes them interesting to try to understand,” said lead author Dr Clint Penick from US-based Kennesaw State University.

    Social insects such as ants typically inhabit a caste-based society – the queen reigns as the sole reproducer by secreting pheromones that thwart female worker ants from laying eggs. The other ants work hard: foraging and hunting for food, cleaning, caring for the young and defending the nest.

    But unlike typical colonies that wither away on the death of their queen, Indian jumping ant colonies are functionally immortal.

    Within hours of the queen’s death, a frenzied “ritualised combat” commences, in which workers engage in fierce duels that involve jamming antennae into each other’s faces. While this tournament persists up to a month – the chosen workers are the multitaskers who can duel and activate their ovaries. These pseudo-queens – usually five to 10 in a colony of about 100 ants – then produce that pheromone that compels the rest to treat them like royalty. Eventually, these reproductive workers get on with the process of mating with their brothers, and prolonging the life of the colony.

    The pseudo-queens (formally called gamergates – not be confused with the 2014 hashtag campaign ostensibly founded to protest about perceived ethical failures in games journalism) see their life-expectancy increase from about six months to up to five years. Their ovaries swell to five times in size filling up the entire abdomen, and their brain shrink by anywhere from 20% to 25%, which researchers suspect is a process designed to divert limited resources to egg production.

    In this study, Penick and his team experimentally induced gamergates to return to their original normal worker status – to assess whether the physiological and behavioural changes were reversible, they wrote in the Royal Society’s journal Proceedings B.

    Using a sample of 30 colonies, the researchers marked two mature reproductive workers from each colony. One from each pair was left to isolate for three to four weeks in a plastic box and fed periodically, while the other remained in its nest.

    The researchers hypothesised that the lack of social interaction and care would reduce the isolated gamergate back to worker status when reintroduced to its former nest. Sure enough, within a day or two those gamergate’s were no longer producing eggs and over the course of several weeks they started displaying normal worker-like behaviour, Penick said.

    Roughly six to eight weeks later, Penick was left with the unenviable task of dissecting the small insects to check whether their internal organs had reverted to ordinary worker proportions – which they did.

    “It opens up opportunities now to dig into the mechanisms that control whether a brain region grows or shrinks in size,” he said.
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    Hypnotic dance of the reindeer
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    I found this here: https://projectavalon.net/forum4/sho...=1#post1422040
    I wonder if the penned ones are doing that to keep from going stir-crazy
    The clip of the deer in the wild looks photo shopped.
    update:
    But Running Deer in another thread posted a genuine video and info about this, and it is in fact a natural phenomena in the wild. See: https://projectavalon.net/forum4/sho...=1#post1422116
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    A magical encounter:

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    Shoebill Stork - looks like something that walked with Neanderthals - A really interesting looking bird with quirky behaviour:

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    Orcas are incredibly smart and actually like to interact with humans.
    I am well aware of an increasing number of orca attacks against boats around the coast off Portugal (and other places), but I believe there must be a very good reason for that which we haven't been able to understand yet.

    When left alone and at peace, orcas are not like that.

    Here's a short clip showing an inquisitive orca interacting with and blowing bubbles at a kneeboarder:

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    Just a pair of common housecats and their kittens, but this gave me a very warm and fuzzy feeling
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    Rosy Maple Moth:

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    The smallest bird in the world - the bee humingbird

    The Bee Hummingbird, which is found only in Cuba, is an absolute miniature, even among hummingbirds. It measures a mere two and a quarter inches long. Bee Hummingbirds are often mistaken for bees.



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    Deserving donkey endeavors to harmonize with horn
    Steve's Shorts: Donkey sings along - Last Post Watch to the end when he matches note for note.

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    "While Aussie Charles Cameron plays the Last Post on his bugle, at Polygon Wood Cemetery, the donkey, I call him George, sings along. The donkey's real name is Tommeke."
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