There are some scientists who insist that morality is exclusively human and resist the idea that it actually can be shared with other animals. However, more and more researchers (biologists, neuroscientists, ethologists and philosophers) are beginning to consider morality as an adaptive strategy that has evolved in many species. Of course, animal moral behaviour is... Continue Reading →
Many autistic individuals are said to have a special connection with animals. This issue has been investigated by Temple Grandin in her co-authored book “Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior”. As people with autism are mostly perceptual thinkers, it is no wonder that some of them can understand the... Continue Reading →
Goldfish have a four-second memory: The goldfish not only have a memory span of up to three month but also can tell the time – goldfish can distinguish between morning, afternoon and evening, and are able to learn a routine, for example, to press a lever for food at a particular time.
When the old skin becomes dry, wrinkled and uncomfortable, the snake sheds it, i.e. the skin has no more life in it and the animal leaves it behind to start afresh. Some human seem to cling to their ‘old skin’, they just cannot let it go. It is wise to learn from our reptile friends... Continue Reading →
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 →
There is another human behaviour directed at animals (usually domesticated ones) that is disrespectful and unacceptable – treating pets as toys and babies: for example, dressing dogs and cats in ridiculous outfits, hats, boots and ribbons, taking them to pets’ hairdressers for ludicrous treatments, parading them in front of other humans, and the like. The... Continue Reading →
Often humans’ behaviour towards animals is inappropriate, difficult and wrong. These behaviours include (but not limited to): cruelty; killing animals just for fun; using animals for experiments; keeping animals in captivity (sometimes in terrible conditions); making them perform for the crowds and so on. I haven’t included one behaviour that some animals would – eating... Continue Reading →
One of the meanings of the adjective elephantine is ‘clumsy’. However, whatever elephants are they are NOT clumsy’. The elephant can move stealthily; it walks on the tip of its toes; its toes are spread flat and takes most of its weight. Thanks to the soft tissues on their feet that serve as cushion pads,... Continue Reading →