Very Smart Ape Demonstrates How to Roast Marshmallows

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For one very talented ape, having no trainer and no assistance is no problem when it comes to making a favorite fireside snack.  Kanzi the bonobo is not your average animal. The ape knows some American Sign Language, can create stone tools, and apparently cooks. That last trait is highlighted in a viral video from BBC One. The U.K. network’s show “Monkey Planet” explores “your animal family as you’ve never seen it before.” In the series, the characteristics that primates share with humans are explored. A shining example comes courtesy of Kanzi.  George McGavin, the host of the show, narrates the video. In the minute-long clip published to the BBC’s YouTube channel, Kanzi is shown building a fire. The bonobo breaks debris and wood before piling the pieces neatly. He then lights a match and uses a small branch to ignite the fire.

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-Igor Purlantov

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The Cruelest Cut: Animal Rights Against Cat Declawing

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Over the years Jennifer Conrad has come to see her fight as one against greed and stupidity, a nasty pocket of the stuff festering deep in the heart of her own profession. When her crusade began, though, Conrad wasn’t thinking that way. She was focused on one patient, Drifter, a three-year-old, 550-pound tiger who was in agony and pissed off about it.

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Video: White Bengal Cub Meets The World

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The unnamed female cub was born in a Peruvian zoo and will join her parents when she’s 6-months-old. http://tinyurl.com/kvxafj9

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