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 →

Wrong assumptions

A typical stereotype is to compare autistic people with cats and non-autistics with dogs. The assumption is, that unlike dogs, which live in packs and are very social animals, wild, non-domesticated cats are solitary creatures. However, in fact, not all cats avoid humans and other animals. Cats are much more social than many people realise.... Continue Reading →

The same behaviours (displayed by humans and non-humans) but huge differences in causes and consequences

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 →

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