Well now that Turkey day is over, here’s a little something to get you all thinking about Christmas! Happy Black Sheep Friday.
You might be surprised to know that primates aren’t the only animals who use tools. Sea otters use rocks break abalone shells; elephants use branches to scratch and swat away flies; and even dolphins have been observed using conch shells to trap small prey fish. Most impressively though, are some of that ways that many species of birds have been able to manipulate tools. One bird in particular that impresses me is the crow, both in the wild and in captivity have proven to be much more intelligent that anyone ever thought.
In this first video, you can see how Japanese crows have used their intelligence and human ingenuity to their advantage to adapt.
This next video shows how New Caledonian crows have been able to create new tools out of existing ones and manipulate them as an extension of their body to achieve a goal, like reaching food.
Next time you see a crow digging through your garbage bag, maybe you’ll have a little more respect for these guys.
Happy Friday everyone! I hope you enjoy the ridiculousness of this video as much as I did.
How many times have you seen a puppy nipping and biting, jumping on furniture and crapping everywhere? How many times have you heard, “Oh he’s just a puppy…” And how often does that puppy turn in to a 60lb lab and still have the same characteristics 2 years later?
It’s like those parents who have 4 year old kid who slaps and bites and throws temper tantrums over not getting Fruity Pebbles in the supermarket…and they think it’s cute.
It’s not cute, it’s annoying. Just like your puppy is annoying when he is destroying my brand new shoes. Or when he’s shoving his nose in my crotch as soon as I walk in the door. Or when he’s slobbering all over my knee when I’m trying to enjoy your dinner party.
It’s never too early to start training your puppy. Just like raising children, whatever behavior is allowed from an early age, is a learned behavior your puppy will think is acceptable in to adulthood. It’s easier to teach your puppy from an early age what is acceptable behavior, and to nip bad behavior in the bud before it’s too late!
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