Animals Feel Pleasure

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Do dogs feel pleasure? How about crocodiles?  Jonathan Balcombe says yes, they do. And not just dogs and crocodiles, but also fish, monkeys, pigs and chickens.  “Why wouldn’t they?” he says. “Pleasure is nature’s way of saying ‘Good behavior!’ It encourages us to do it again. Little wonder, then, that food, play, sex and friendships feel so good. Fishes line up for a spa service from cleaner-fishes, crocodiles love to bask in the sun, as do chickens, and if you haven’t seen a pig eat a pumpkin then it’s time you turned your lights on.”

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Etheostoma Obama, Fish Named After The President, Is A Newly Discovered Freshwater Darter

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President Obama may not have won many Southeastern states in his recent re-election, but he did make waves across the Republican-leaning region. And thanks to two scientists from Georgia and Missouri, his Southern profile is still growing — although some of his flashiest new acolytes don’t have a clue who he is.

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Chocoholic Fish Weaned off Kit Kat Diet

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Staff at a London aquarium have managed to wean a chocoholic fish raised on Kit Kats onto a healthier diet, Sky News reported.

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Goldfish Survive 134 Days Without Food

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There were no Scooby snacks to eat – but at least they had each other for company.

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Fish Use Tools and Cows Have Best Friends

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Turn on your TV or read the news and you might occasionally see a light-hearted story about the lives of animals. Remember “the Animal Odd Couple” from 2009 in which an elephant and a dog became best friends?

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