Sunday, October 25, 2020


Science stories about animal research, including wildlife conservation and endangered animals studies.

My Capuchin Monkey Is Smarter Than Your Kid

ITALY (ANIMAL INTELLIGENCE) – Researchers have found that capuchin monkeys have negotiating skills on par with 3-year-olds. Read how monkeys show their smarts in exchanging tokens for gifts.

Fungus Makes Cave Dwellers Go Batty

(ANIMAL WELFARE) Hibernating gray bats, native to cave systems in Alabama, have received a rude wake-up call.  Already suffering from endangerment, these gray bats are just one of seven species, who have contracted a life-threatening fungus. The fungus, known as white-nose syndrome, specifically targets cave dwelling bats, and is thought to have derived from Europe. Precautions to prevent the further spread of the disease westward, includes the desired closing of caves around the Rocky Mountains. Continue reading to find out what people are doing in order to protect uninfected bat populations. — Global Animal

Twice As Nice? Barbra Streisand Reveals Her Ruff Replicas

(CELEBRITY PETS) In an interview with Variety published Tuesday, legendary singer and actress Barbra Streisand revealed that two of her dogs, Miss Violet and Miss Scarlett, were cloned from her 14-year-old Coton du Tulear Samantha, who died last year. Before Samantha died, Streisand had cells taken from the dog's mouth and stomach to produce not one, but two genetic twins of the original animal--which can cost upwards of $50,000 per clone. The process has been available to the elite for over a decade now, and while it may sound like a fantastic idea to pet lovers, there are a number of reasons why pet parents shouldn't follow in the star's footsteps. Not only is the practice largely unregulated, but producing one clone requires a number of animals to help bring the animal to life. In fact, California even attempted to ban the practice in 2005, with officials citing health concerns and worries that shelters would become unmanageable. But the bill was ultimately voted down. Read on to learn more about pet cloning and click here for 12 reasons you don't want to clone your pet. -- Global Animal

Are Chimpanzees Righties or Lefties?

(WILDLIFE) Here's a fascinating finding about chimps – you're more likely to share being left or right-handed with a chimpanzee of your gender than your spouse. Read how a chimp's preference for one hand over the other represents another trait chimpanzees share with people, right down to the disparities between gender.

Striped, Yes. But Are Zebras Really Black & White?

(WILDLIFE/ANIMAL FACTS) The zoological Rorschach test: Are zebras white with black stripes or black with white stripes? There's actually persuasive science for one over the other. Go ahead and guess the color of a zebra's stripes. Black or white? Then find out below if you were right! — Global Animal

Is It True? Can Dogs Smell Cancer & Lactose Intolerance?

(DOGS) Dogs possess an impressively strong sense of smell. They are used as service dogs because of this particular ability, which helps in bomb detection, disease identification, and so on. They can even smell the amino acids that are absent from their diets and may push aside the food bowl. Quite recently, the talk of the town was that dogs could smell cancer in humans at the earliest stage. A dog is guided by the power of his olfactory cortex rather than visual cortex. He explores the world by the delightful scents rather than attractive colors. A dog can smell roses and leaves, but cannot see their pretty colors. -- Global Animal

‘Assassin Bug’ Uses Spider’s Own Talent Against It

(INSECTS) The aptly named 'assassin bug' actually tricks spiders into their own webs as a trap, then injects venom into the spider to kill it. A clever web of deceit, if you ask us. Read on to learn more about these clever insects' murderous maneuver. – Global Animal
Bob Barker asks University of Virginia to stop medical testing on cats. Photo Credit:

Bob Barker’s Price Is Right To Save University Cats

(ANIMAL RIGHTS) Recently, PETA released a video of a cruel animal testing practice at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) called Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). In most universities, this procedure is performed on a simulator, but for some reason the antiquated system at WUSTL allows students to perform this traumatic procedure on nine live cats, and sometimes even up to 15 gruelling intubations per session. Following the release of PETA's video, animal activist and legendary game show host Bob Barker penned a letter to the school's chancellor with a very kind proposition. Read on to find out more on Bob's generous offer to WUSTL and see how you can help put an end to this animal cruelty. — Global Animal

Rare Conjoined Deer Fawns Have Scientists Seeing Double

(WILDLIFE/ANIMAL SCIENCE) A Minnesota man got two times more than he bargained for while foraging for mushrooms one day. During his outing, he stumbled upon a fawn with an abnormality no one has seen before—two heads! Although the fawn was stillborn, the animal was one of the first to actually reach a full-term pregnancy and then be delivered. Read on to find out more about this scientific discovery, reminding us about the wonders of life. -- Global Animal

Animal Testing Report Finds Unnecessary Suffering

A lab in Britain infiltrated by animal welfare campaigners may have allowed animals in its care to suffer unnecessarily, a government report found. Testing on animals is a thorny issue, as medical breakthroughs have resulted in these tests. But that was then, this is now, when computer modeling and non-animal testing is often more accurate. We know animals suffer. If there are alternatives to vivisection, why not use them whenever possible? – Global Animal

Is Your Horse Happy?

(ANIMAL BEHAVIOR/HORSES) We all know horses can't talk--unless you're referring to Mister Ed--but that doesn't mean they're not trying to communicate with us. A new study reveals that horses are actually expressing emotion when they snort. Researchers believe a snorting exhale could be anything from a positive emotion to a sign of discomfort or an act on a physical need, like a human sneeze. Read on to learn more about the study's findings and find out if your horse is in a good mood. -- Global Animal

How Do Dolphins Dive So Deep?

(DOLPHIN SCIENCE) Ever wonder why we suffer from the bends when diving into deep waters but other mammals such as dolphins don't? Though dolphins often avoid the bends, they can be susceptible to it around beach areas.  Read on to learn how dolphins are able to naturally reach great depths and why they sometimes beach themselves.   — Global Animal