Friday Animal Blog
April 30, 2010
The internet lit up this week with fascinating discussion of responses by animals to death. Writing in the journal Current Biology, two groups of scientists reported complex responses to death in our closest living relatives, chimpanzees.
In one article, Dora Biro of the University of Oxford and colleagues recounted observations at a long-term research (more…)
April 23, 2010
According to the New York Times (Week in Review section, Sunday April 18), New York City has mandated for its carriage horses—the ones that carry tourists through Central Park and environs—5 weeks of vacation per year.
Most Manhattan carriage horses, I learned, spend vacation “down time” already, shipping out to place like the Pennsylvania (more…)
April 16, 2010
Fried rabbit with fennel; grilled pigeon and grilled lamb; crostini neri made with chicken livers; pork liver dishes; gnocchi laced with local beef; pasta with boar sauce; a variety of foods garnished with animal testicles. The list of described delicacies goes on and on, as it inevitably does in a book about Tuscany. This (more…)
April 9, 2010
Pigeons wearing backpacks! This phrase uttered by a science reporter on NPR’s program All Things Considered caught my fancy. The reporter described how scientists are studying the collective movements of birds in flight. Retrieving the relevant article from yesterday’s issue of the British journal Nature, I read ‘Hierarchical Group Dynamics (more…)
April 2, 2010
Earlier this week, Gray had multiple teeth extracted by our veterinarian. Gray’s an ex-feral who now inhabits our master bedroom and bathroom. Because he’s FIV positive, and has a lot of secondary infections, we need to keep him away from our other cats. Our vet felt he’d feel better, and eat (more…)