What humans have got wrong about donkeys

  Donkeys are considered as stubborn and stupid. In reality, donkeys are very clever, loyal and brave – they wouldn’t back down even when confronted by a large animal (e.g., a lion). In the past, in Africa humans employed donkeys to guard cattle.

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What humans can learn from fish

Let us take catfish, for example. It is one of the most remarkable creatures not only in the animal kingdom but also in the human world. There are many different kinds of catfish, for instance, an electric catfish, a walking catfish, even a talking catfish. Their senses differ from any other creature, because they are... Continue Reading →

What humans can learn from pigeons

Pigeons’ loyalty and reliability as employees are remarkable. They’ve been employed by humans as messengers since ancient times. You could bet that in precision, speed and delivery rate they would easily beat human post services.

Idioms with ‘giraffe’

I couldn’t find English idioms with this wonderful animal but found one in French: the French idiom peigner la giraffe (‘combing the giraffe’) means to waste time on a pointless task. There are two versions of the origin of this French idiom: one is that it relates to Zarafa – the first giraffe on French... Continue Reading →

Three brains in one

Temple Grandin devoted a section of her book (“Animals in Translation”) to explaining the evolution, similarities and differences between the brains of animals and humans. She named the section ‘Lizard Brains, Dog Brains, and People Brains’. (I’d prefer to change ‘dog brains’ into ‘cat brains’ in the title, but, well. I’m biased…) Dr Grandin describes... Continue Reading →

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