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Here's to dads!

Here's to dads!

Posted 28 August 2015   by Amy         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: Father's Day, penguins, foxes, frogs, wolves, marmosets

No matter your species, there's some amazing dads out there. If you know a great dad, send him some thanks this Father's Day.

Thanks for all the lifts

Marmoset dads piggyback their kids all over the place.

Thanks for the times you brought me takeaway

Wolf dads will bring back food for mother and pups in the den while they get strong.

Thanks for keeping me warm

Emperor penguin dads carry the incubating egg around on their feet to keep the baby penguin inside toasty warm.

Photo: APL/DCL

Thanks for teaching me important stuff

Red foxes teach their kids to feed themselves by hiding and burying food and encouraging the kits to sniff it out.

And thanks for the hugs

Oreophryne frog dads gently hug their babies to keep them from drying out, and to protect them from insects.

If you know a dad who deserves some thanks you could share this with them for Father's Day.

Lots of animals don't have fathers around and likewise, not all humans will share this day with their dad. My heart goes out to those who find Father's Day tough and I hope that no matter what, everyone finds comfort amongst friends and family this Sunday 6th September.

Header image courtesy of Exclusivepix.

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If we could talk to the animals
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If we could talk to the animals

Posted 9 March 2011   by         Permalink | 11 Comments

Tags: dolphins, dogs, pigs, foxes, rabbits, mice, rats, fur, factory farms, video, funny

Have you ever wondered what your dog or your cat would say if they could talk back to you? I'm certain my dog, Kia would tell me she doesn't care if she has her own chair, she'd rather sit in mine! I also have no doubt that as I type this, she is trying to say "Hurry up, let's go outside for a tug of war!"

And what would animals say to each other? I really hope this video is close to the truth ;)

A biologist from the Bahamas might be on her way to discovering what animals really have to say. Denise Herzing has been working with dolphins for years and has devised an amazing way for humans and dolphins to communicate. Using symbols, and a keyboard synthesizer that creates sounds similar to those naturally produced by dolphins, they can actually ask each other for particular objects, like a ball or a scarf. How incredible! And she thinks it's only a matter of time before more complex interactions get started.

So just what will dolphins tell us?

And what about less fortunate animals? What would foxes and rabbits raised for their fur say? Or chimps and rats in labs? Or pigs and chickens in factory farms?

(Alright Kia, I'm nearly finished!) But I'd love to know, what do you think animals would say to us?

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