Category Archives: animal behavior

Afternoon squee: capybara with ducklings on its back

I’ve noticed that the evening news on television always ends on an upbeat note, clearly designed to leave the audience feeling good—and perhaps to tune in the next day. So today I’ll do the same, showing two adorable beasts interacting in the bathtub. The capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris), is, of course, the world’s largest rodent, and can weigh […]

Do ravens have a theory of mind? A new experiment suggests “yes”

A new paper in Nature Communications by Tomas Bugnhyar, Stepehen Reber, and Cameron Buckner (free download; reference below) examines the question of whether ravens, already known to be really smart, have a “theory of mind.” What do we mean by that? Well, according to the authors, a “theory of mind’ means that animals can have a representation of […]

Jaguar catches a crocodile

Reader Merilee called my attention to this video on Facebook, showing what appears to be a jaguar catching a crocodile. The cat simply leaps into the water and snags the beast, dragging it away for lunch. What an amazing feat, and what a brave cat! Click on the screenshot to see the 44-second clip: I […]

Goose appears to ask cops for help with offspring tangled in string

I got this video from several readers, and then found it on YouTube to show all of you. The story is almost unbelievable, and the video doesn’t show the striking part. But it’s still nice. The bizarre part, as recounted by WKRC in Cinncinnati, is that a mother goose apparently pecked at the door of a […]

A pounce and a miss

We all know by now that foxes not only hear rodents beneath the snow, but appear to use the Earth’s magnetic field to zero in on the hapless prey. This fox, however, miscalculated. By the way, the US Department of the Interior Twi**er site has some nice stuff.

Crab: armed and dangerous

Don’t mess with this Gangster Crab: It’s time these crustaceans fought back against the cruel process of boiling them alive. But what are those kitten noises?

The Sluggard

’Tis the voice of the Sluggard: I heard him complain, ‘You have waked me too soon! I must slumber again!’ —Isaac Watts (1715) h/t: Matthew Cobb  

Friday moggie: Simon’s Cat gets scientific

An old favorite, Simon’s Cat (website here), has added some Science to the cartoons, combining the usual amusing animations (in this case, one called “Let me in”) with an expert’s explanation of cat behavior (the expert here is Nicky Trevorrow). Apparently “Simon’s Cat Logic” will be a continuing series. Note that throughout this video, Simon […]

“Frog saves fishes” life? Not really

A reader sent me this recently-published YouTube video titled, “Frog saves fishes life.” (It’s in Spanish, but you can see what’s going on.) The reader asked a reasonable question: why would a frog do this for fish, since they’re unrelated, unless it wanted to eat the fish later? Well, as you can see, they’re not […]

Snowy owl protects her young

This new clip from the BBC show Super Powered Owls shows a snowy owl, Bubo scandiacus, defending its young against hungry skuas and wolves. Because these owls breed north of the Arctic Circle, they don’t nest in trees: there aren’t any up there. To get a good view of the surroundings, though, they nest on top […]

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