First Proof That Wild Animals Really Can Communicate With Us

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When humans speak up, the little African birds called honeyguides listen—and can understand, a new study confirms for the first time.  Honeyguides in northern Mozambique realize that when a man makes a special trilling sound, he wants to find a bees’ nest—and its delectable honey.  Birds that hear this trill often lead human hunters to a nest, receiving a reward of honeycomb.

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Meet Cutest Little Hard-Drinking Party Animals You’ll Ever See

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You may not know what a slow loris is, but you’d probably have a good time partying with one. The big-eyed primates, natives to Southeast Asia, will choose the most alcoholic drink offered when given a choice — just like your college buddies.

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Koala Crashes House, Tries Its Best to Climb Up a Dancing Pole

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Koalas are great at eating eucalyptus and getting belly rubs. Dancing? Not so much.   Perhaps this little fella climbing up a pole is trying to challenge the lazy reputation of one of Australia’s most well-known and beloved animals.It was captured in a video uploaded to Facebook on June 30 by Nikki Erickson, who explained in the description that she came home from work hoping to “dance the shitty day away” when the discovery of the creature “turned her day around.”  “She sat there while I talked to her and took photos and did not growl once,” Erickson wrote. Unfortunately for this koala, who may have mistook the pole for a tree, going for a climb didn’t work out so well. 

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Are Cloned Animals Born Old?

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Scientists are studying Dolly the sheep’s “siblings” in order to study the health of cloned animals – and resolve a puzzle over whether they age normally.  “I’m feeling the joints for any kind of heat or swelling.”  Veterinary surgeon Dr Sandra Corr puts Daisy the sheep through a very hands-on physical examination.  “I’m looking for any signs of crepitus or lameness,” she says, “Anything that might indicate the onset of disease or osteoarthritis.”

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Rescue Agencies Unite To Get 723 Animals Adopted

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Sampson flashed a little bit of attitude at first, but it didn’t faze Richard Stewart of Jacksonville, who quickly had the 8-year-old black and silver purebred Chihuahua snuggling against his chest Sunday.

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Putting Your Self(ie) And Animals At Risk

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What’s a picture really worth? What’s the price for a moment of wonder, excitement, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be just… that… close to a wild animal?  I have written these words before about the concept of having an exotic animal as a pet—a chimpanzee, a macaque, a tiger, or any number of others. I understand it. I understand the profound and emotional yearning to be close to a wild animal. To touch a wild animal. To embrace the companionship of a wild animal. It’s got to be magical and exciting.

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Woman Spends 22 Years Helping Animals Help People With Mental Illness

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Eileen Bower has a job that some dream of — taking care of adorable animals like friendly goats, a horse, cats, rabbits and more. Nature is her office.  Making her job even more rewarding is why Bower does what she does everyday. Taking care of animals helps her help others. Bower is team supervisor who manages the animal care program at Rose Hill Center in Holly, a residential rehabilitation facility for adults with serious mental illness.

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