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For Bird & Animal Lovers by MMMmmm... on 17 November 2008 9:39pm
I heard an interview on Public radio with this woman, Dr. Irene Pepperberg. She has done a lot of ground-breaking research on animal's cognitive abilities and emotions, especially with a parrot named Alex.

She told one story about a time when Alex was sick and she had to leave him overnight in a pet hospital. As she was leaving he kept saying in a sad little, pathetic voice: "I'm sorry, come here." He thought he was being punished, and didn't want her to leave him "alone" there. (Even though there were lots of strangers around.)

She has a lot of amazing stories, and just came out with a book. Here is her website with more info:

Re: For Bird & Animal Lovers by ev on 17 November 2008 10:09pm
Here's David Attenborough's rated number 1 moment - the Superb Lyrebird in Australia. Pretty amazing:

Re: For Bird & Animal Lovers by mrsthing on 18 November 2008 1:30pm
I read an article about Alex, and saw the clip someone posted on YouTube when he died. He was an amazing bird! He learned to count (really count, not just repeat words), and she said he made up words. He called an apple a "Ban-erry" because it was sweet like a banana but red like a cherry. I've asked for the book for Christmas.

Attenborough's documentary, Life of Birds, is worth having, though parts of it are hard to watch. Some species of birds routinely kill one or more of their young if food is scarce or the nest is too crowded. One of the segments shows them doing this, and I found it hard to watch. But the other nine segments are absolutely amazing!
Re: For Bird & Animal Lovers by MMMmmm... on 19 November 2008 8:11am
Here is a great link with more pictures and info about Alex and a transcript of an NPR interview with Dr. Pepperberg:

Re: For Bird & Animal Lovers by ev on 19 November 2008 10:41am
Yeah that's pretty amazing..
Re: For Bird & Animal Lovers by MMMmmm... on 24 November 2008 10:42pm
If you like animal pictures - you have to check out cute overload today. There are amazing pictures of marmosets and more. (By the way cute overload is on PC magazine's top ten sites to check every day list. Unlike Palin's travels, but then we have it more to ourselves :)

Re: For Bird & Animal Lovers by MMMmmm... on 16 December 2008 8:00am
I found the photo gallery of a German woman who does amazing animal photography. Here are some samples:

"You call this a mouse? You gotta be kidding me! It doesn't even have any ears!"


"Flower duckling"


"bunny claus"


Re: For Bird & Animal Lovers by peripatetically on 16 December 2008 12:11pm
Too cute for words!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love the duck best! Although the bunnies..... well, precious.
Re: For Bird & Animal Lovers by kazzzz on 16 December 2008 12:17pm
Oh yes the duck is gorgeous!!!!!!

Great site this,if you click on p1 there's a rat in a loo roll!

I like this one too
Re: For Bird & Animal Lovers by mrsthing on 16 December 2008 9:07pm
Chickadee! I love chickadees, they're my favorite bird. So tiny, but very intelligent and feisty. We found one in our garage awhile back, trying vainly to escape through the closed window. My daughter caught it and took it outside, as it was so panicked it refused to go out the open door. It bit both of us and squawked angrily until she let it go. (Their beaks are so tiny, it didn't hurt.) Then it flew to a tree branch and scolded us. I guess when you're that tiny, you need all the chutzpah you can muster.
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