If you don’t know Alex, I suggest you read up on him. Because yeah, sure, any parrot can mimic, but Alex was one of the first to prove on many occasions that he understood the meaning behind the words he said.
With that in mind, just think about what he said for a sec. Alex had to understand on some level that death means leaving. That’s fucking mindblowing.
Alex also was shown to have the intelligence of a young child, anywhere from 3 to 5 years old. He could do basic addition and subtraction, and independently taught himself the concept of zero (something that most CIVILIZATIONS couldn’t do!) He had a vocabulary of thousands of words, some of which he made up himself, and had deep interpersonal bonds with many scientists and trainers, as well as other parrots.
Alex the parrot is basically the coolest bird ever.
animals are often smarter than you think. There is/was a gorilla they taught sign language to. And one day she asked for a kitten. they gave her a stuffed animal but she signed sad. She wanted a real one. She was allowed to choose one from a litter.
She named it All Ball and she loved it.
Except one day All Ball escaped from the cage and was hit by a car. And this shows you just how much animals can understand. They signed what had happened but didn’t think the gorilla would understand. But she started making weeping, howling/crying sounds and the signs for bad, sad, etc.
And then “Sleep, cat”. She understood death.
She’s had two kittens since then.
Animals understand more than you think. Depends on the animal, yes.
If you listen to the interview (which is great btw) Alex died quite suddenly and his caretaker only heard about it through an e-mail, so this fact is a little misleading but still very sweet. Alex sounds like a totally amazing parrot, especially the joke he pulled with the five coloured cubes, what an adorable little shit xD
During the first weekend of November, a Finnish man was kayaking on a lake in a thick fog. He saw something floating in the water, and when he got closer he saw that it was a Northern Hawk-Owl. It was clearly exhausted and the man lifted it out of the freezing water onto the tip of his kayak. The owl then crawled to his lap for warmth and burrowed under his lifejacket.
Since his original destination was too far away, the man decided to head for a nearby art museum on the lake shore. Once there he was eagerly assisted by both visitors and a museum guide, who took the bird in to rest and dry up next to a warm stove. At the end of the day the owl had recovered and was released back into the wild.
How the owl ended up in the lake in the first place remains a mystery. It may have got lost in the fog, or have been driven out to the lake by Hooded Crows (if a flock spots a predatory bird they tend to chase it away quite aggressively).
(This is my summarized translation of the article which is only available in Finnish. No copyright infringement is intended, only sharing this to celebrate the brave little owl and all the people who helped him.)
Oh my god, that is a “I’ve seen some SHIT dude” face if I ever saw one
Lion Gets Stuck In A Tree Before His Brother Helps Him Down. All photos by Carters News via The Huffington Post ~ Please click through to see the gif they made of this hilarious incident. It was too big for me to post it here for you. :D
The brother on the ground is displaying the most perfect face of “This asshole got stuck up a fucking tree again” I think I’ve ever seen.
in the third one he’s like I’M SLIPPING I’M SLIPPING CATCH ME CATCH ME CATCH ME OH GOD
It is afraid of the thing touching it, and wants it to stop
I realize it’s cute because it looks happy, but it’s not
Crocodiles are very susceptible to stress, and being forced into a submissive defensive behavior is bad for it’s health
For those lucky enough to interact with these amazing reptiles, please remember this. If it’s rolling it’s eyes back and pulling them in, or crying when you’re making contact with it, it is not a happy animal and you are upsetting it.
For those who just admire them, you can spread this info in hopes that others will educate themselves a bit more on Crocodilians. No animal should have to be put in such stress just because ”its cute”.
And perhaps stop tagging these stressed out upset crocodilians as being ‘cute’ which just further encourages more people to do the same.
Just a tiny rant I suppose. Crocodilians are easily the favorite of the Herps I’ve had the joy of working with, and always seeing these videos and gifs of them so upset just kind of gets to me.
My name is Quazar, and I live in Zürich. I speak a small handful of languages and I identify with animals. This blog is mostly full of things I like, which may be strange things or it may be common things like Homestuck or Doctor Who. I love science and I will probably blab about it here a lot, especially zoology. I have Asperger's, a mild kind of autism, which means I can sometimes come off as a jerk when I don't mean to, and I can misinterpret what people say. I'm a nice person really!
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