Just how smart are animals, birds and fish?
Well, a crow is a frequent visitor to my house. He sits outside the backdoor and I throw him some minced meat or an egg as a treat.
I’ve noticed him pick up the egg and bury it in the garden under leaves and then fly back for more treats while the going is good. I think this is smart.
But I was much more surprised when one day I was sitting at my dining room table near an open window and I heard a bird crowing. I automatically looked up and sitting in the tree directly outside the dining room window was the crow staring at me. So I stood up and walked around to the kitchen door with some minced meat and the bird flew directly around to the back door to receive his meal.
A week or so later I was lying on my bed watching television and I heard my crow calling me. I looked up in surprise and the crow was perched on the tree directly outside my bedroom window! How amazing. Once again I got up and went to the back of the house and there he was, waiting for his dinner again.
So this crow knows that when he wants a snack all he has to do is fly around the house peering in the windows until he finds me. Then he has to call me and I’ll come running with food.
A while ago I received an email containing a video. The video was of a penguin in Antarctica trying to outmanoeuvre three orcas (killer whales). It looked pretty grim for the poor penguin until it spotted a zodiac containing some tourists. Then quick as a flash it launched out of the water and landed on the craft. The penguin walked around the zodiac, peering over the side into the water. The orcas surfaced and glared open-mouthed at the triumphant penguin. Fortunately for the penguin (and the occupants of the zodiac), the orcas gave up the chase and with a look of disdain, choofed off to look for something else to eat.
In December, 2004 when the tsunami hit Banda Aceh, Indonesia, despite the huge human death toll, by and large, animals escaped unscathed. Animals were seen leaving the area well in advance of the actual event. At Sri Lanka’s national wildlife park at Yala, which houses elephants, buffalo, monkeys, and wild cats, no animal corpses were found. http://www.slate.com/id/2111608/ Animals have a keener sense of hearing than humans and are able to register much lower and higher sound frequencies. Maybe this is why? One writer has a different view on why this might be so http://ezinearticles.com/?Is-Levitation-Possible-Or-is-it-an-Illusion?&id=2444275
If you need further proof of the cleverness of animals, keep reading this blog. There is a frog riding to safety on the back of a snake and at the very end, a red fox riding to safety on top of a tyre. Stupid? I think not!
To read about the cleverness of many creatures see http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2008/03/animal-minds/musi-photography
FROG RIDES TO SAFETY ON BACK OF SNAKE
The above photo was taken in the flooded Queensland town of Dalby. Apparently animals – even natural enemies – often work together when they are under threat. http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8195243/frog-hitches-ride-with-snake-to-flee-floods
A CROSS-EYED POSSUM!
Heidi, the cross-eyed possum is an attraction at Leipzig Zoo in Germany. She has misaligned eyeballs and already had 70,000 Facebook fans due to her obvious cuteness.
DISAPPEARING WILDLIFE OF MADAGASCAR
If there’s one place on earth that has always enticed me it’s Madagascar. After I read about the Lemur being the only creature on earth that can eat the strychnine berry without ill effect, I was hooked.
But sadly, due to illegal logging, the native forests of Madagascar have been chopped down to make way for rice plantations. So, there goes the very intriguing wildlife which is so unique to Madagascar.
British photographer, Nick Garbutt, has taken some fascinating photos of the creatures in the jungles and you can see them here http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthpicturegalleries/8231475/Madagascar-British-photographer-Nick-Garbutts-20-year-survey-of-the-islands-wildlife.htm as, at the current rate of destruction, it seems unlikely that these creatures will be around for much longer.
Last year Stephen Fry went to Madagascar to photograph the critically endangered Aye-Aye https://roslynmotter.com/2010/10/14/oh-no-no-not-the-aye-aye-now/
Well, remember that famous Cree Indian prophesy –
When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money.
A GRATEFUL WHALE
If you read a recent front page story of the San Francisco Chronicle, you would have read about a female humpback whale who had become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines. She was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso and a line tugging in her mouth.
A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farallon Islands (outside the Golden Gate) and radioed an environmental group for help. Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so bad off, the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her. They worked for hours with curved knives and eventually freed her.
When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous circles. She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, and nudged them, pushed them gently around as she was thanking them. Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives. The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth said her eyes were following him the whole time, and he will never be the same.
I hate to be the party pooper who said this, but if humans hadn’t left the netting in the first place, the whale wouldn’t have had the problem. But I guess that’s being petty of me under the circumstances. Obviously whales are a forgiving lot.
Have a look at these very clever Origami animals. http://web.mit.edu/chosetec/www/origami/
FYI that means that they’ve been modelled from paper. Very talented!
MAN IGNORES POLICE TO SAVE JOEY
I’m ever so happy to read stories like this. Ray Cole, a father of five, jumped into flood waters at Ipswich, despite police warnings, to rescue a baby kangaroo which was being swept away. Fortunately he was able to rescue the joey and now it’s in the hands of wildlife carers. http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8196002/man-ignores-police-to-save-joey
There is also another touching story about a girl who rescued a terrified blue-tongue lizard which was about to fall into flood waters in Brisbane.http://news.ninemsn.com.au/yourfloodstories/?directTarget=6556||special3d||17#anchor
And a man took a photo of a red fox escaping the floods by sailing downstream on a tyre. And who said animals are stupid? http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/floods/8196500/fox-outwits-floods-with-tyre-ride
NOTE TO QUEENSLANDERS WITH PETS
If you are in a flood area and would like somewhere to leave your pets, this lady can help you. See http://news.ninemsn.com.au/yourfloodstories/?directTarget=6556||special3d||22#anchor