A discussion of the context of the dog handler’s choices, how the current rhetoric regarding animal abuse influenced public perception of the clips, and the political ramifications of when the video was released.
Why Animals Do The Thing's first enrichment spotlight comes from the felines of Plumpton Park Zoo, a small privately-owned facility in Maryland that is currently working towards AZA accreditation.
Dolphins don't speak in sentences - not only is there not enough definitive evidence to support it, the original paper is full of half-baked conclusions and unproven statements of fact.
No matter what you think of the hairless and 'wolfy' look of the lykoi cats, it's nice to at least know that for the moment they're healthy and well-bred animals coming out of a well-run cattery. The people who run the project are experienced in not just animal care but population genetics and have created their pet project with foresight and consideration. This one, you can share as cute.
The internet loves photos of ‘smiling’ dogs. But is that dog really happy, and how can you tell? It’s important to know the difference between a stressed dog, an overstimulated dog, and a happy dog - both for your own safety and so that you’re not sharing incorrect information that could get someone else hurt. Before you scroll down, stop and think for a second - what do you think a happy dog’s face looks like?
Sniffing your groin is basically the dog version of a polite handshake, and it’s analogous to the mutual butt-sniff-and-circle behavior you see when dogs meet.
Rachel is an educator and animal science writer. With prior professional experience in zookeeping, visitor education, shelter behavior management, and more, she works to translate pertinent field-specific knowledge into comprehensive explanations about current animal related topics.