Tuesday, 30 October 2007
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Thursday, 18 October 2007
Cats, on the other hand, don't laugh.
The strange, curling of the top lip they frequently perform may look like an expression of amusement but in fact this is a method of heightening their sense of smell during the mating season. The technique, known as the Flehmen Response, is common in horses, zebras and donkeys too. Cats do signal happiness in different ways, however. They perform a kneading action with their paws. The action is known by various names, from skronking and paddy pawing to making muffins.
Monday, 15 October 2007
June McNicholas, a psychologist in animal and human health, told the Mail the dog was an excellent idea. "Children often find them (dogs) easier to relate to - the world of grown-ups is often quite confusing. They know that animals will not judge them, will not 'break friends' with them, and will not tell tales."
Friday, 12 October 2007
Wednesday, 10 October 2007
Wednesday, 3 October 2007
Tuesday, 2 October 2007
How Does A Barkless Dog Sing? In a very, very weird voice, that’s how.
The Basenji is the only breed of dog that can’t bark. But as this recording of a Basenji accompanying a flute reveals, they can make a whining sound that really doesn't seem to be of this world.
In America alone, cats kill a staggering one BILLION mammals and HUNDREDS of millions of birds a year, mostly after dark. Cats are so prolific in parts of the country they have reduced some birds to the status of endangered species. Action to rein in these killer kitties is already being taken in some states where cats are confined to quarters at night time. For a glimpse of how smooth and deadly a killer a cat can be, have a look at this fascinating National Geographic film about how a mild-mannered puss called Molly is transformed into a deadly assassin by night.
"He looked a goner," Steve said afterwards. "I blew three times down the cone and to my amazement I saw Frodo's rib cage started to move." Unsurprisingly, it's not an experience Steve is in a hurry to repeat. "It wasn't pleasant - Frodo's mouth was horribly smelly - but it saved his life and I wouldn't hesitate to do it again." The two-year-old was rushed to a vet, made a full recovery and was back on duty two weeks later.