January 19, 2017
animals, chimpanzees, dr jane goodall, gombe, igor purlantov, tanzania, which animals use tools
Flash back to 1960. At that point in time the best definition of a human was a being with the ability to make tools. Man the tool-maker was considered to be different from animals in this regard. Dr. Jane Goodall was observing chimpanzees at Gombe National Park in Tanzania and saw two chimps strip the leaves off of small twigs and use them as tools to “fish” termites out of the ground to eat. This was the first time a non-human had ever been seen to create a tool and use it to accomplish a task.
June 27, 2016
animals, animals enrich our lives, diseased, heartbreaking, igor purlantov, linda peck, minnesota, poisoned, shot, two raccoons, wildlife rehab
Linda Peck has two raccoons in the bathroom, five more in a pen outside, a robin on the back porch. In the basement, she’s raising mice to feed the raptors. A wildlife rehabilitator for 30-plus years, Peck, 74, fields calls — and takes in animals — from throughout Minnesota. The animals arrive injured, diseased, shot, poisoned — as many as 250 of them in a single year. “I believe (animals) enrich our lives. They enrich mine, and I think if we don’t maintain a connection to the natural world we are losing some joy. We’re going to lose our own existence if we don’t learn how to live gently,” Peck said, explaining why she continues an effort that can be as heartbreaking as it is rewarding.
June 22, 2016
animals, be killed, igor purlantov, mother bear, should wild animals, that attack, wild animals, wildlife official
A marathon runner who was mauled by a bear in New Mexico on Saturday thought quickly, played dead and escaped injured, but alive. The female bear, which wildlife officials said was with her cubs when she was surprised by the runner, was captured and put to death. New Mexico officials said they were “confident” they had the right bear, which wore a radio collar, and noted with regret that state law requires them to euthanize and test for rabies any wild animal that attacks or bites a person, no matter the circumstances.
November 16, 2015
companies like kikkoman, igor purlantov, soy product, still testing on animals, testing
Kikkoman, the Japanese soy-product manufacturing company known for their ubiquitous bottles of soy sauce, is on blast this month for conducting violent experiments on animals while testing their products. PETA, the animal rights organization, published an investigation of the company’s history of animal testing and found multiple examples of experiments where animals are mutilated and killed for the testing of soy products.
November 12, 2015
igor purlantov, peanut butter, suburbia, the person who taught me to love animals, trees
Every evening after dark she’d begin to make the sandwiches. She’d spread out peanut butter on the bread, then the sliced bananas. She’d use a whole loaf each night. We’d put the sandwiches out on the wooden platform she’d affixed to the sill of the window that looked into the towering trees behind her house in suburbia. We’d turn out the kitchen lights.
November 11, 2015
clean, grooming, hairy animals, how to keep robots clean, igor purlantov, licking, teach us, technologies
If you own a cat or a dog, you’re familiar with their grooming habits. All of that licking might seem excessive — especially if the dog is doing it under the dinner table or the cat is doing it on the pillow next to your head. But staying clean is essential to their health and their grooming habits could actually teach hairless creatures such as ourselves how to improve the cleanliness of a range of technologies.