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Apr. 8th, 2007 @ 07:40 am (no subject)
Lately my dog has been howling at the moon, she is 7 years old, she moved in to this new house with me 5 months ago. Is it strange that she does this?
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Feb. 21st, 2007 @ 12:59 pm Scrub-jays demonstrate forethought
I just found an article about research on forethought in scrub-jays. It was interesting to me because previously I've only thought of parrots, crows, ravens, and birds of prey as being particulary intelligent. Also, this is apparantly one of the first studies providing evidence that any non-human animal has forethought.

Here's the link.
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Feb. 21st, 2007 @ 04:42 am Siamangs

I'm currently doing research on Siamangs (gibbons) and Orang-utans. There really isn't much information on siamangs out there which has made it quite difficult to determine "typical" behaviour of this species. The zoo where I'm doing this research is trying to see if some of our orangs can get along with the siamangs well enough for them to be housed in the same exhibit for periods throughout the week. But our female siamang is being quite confronting and keeps the orangs defensive even though the keeper in charge thinks she might just be teasing. So my question is, does anyone know anything about siamangs, or could they direct me to any papers, studies or information about this species? Also, has anyone personally observed interactions between orangs and siamangs either in zoos that have them together or in the wild?

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Yes these male lions ARE having sex
Feb. 7th, 2007 @ 01:48 pm Indoor/Outdoor cat now only Indoors and unhappy
x-posted to cathealth

My nearly 15 year old cat has had a decline in health over the past year after being moved to indoor-only and previously living an indoor/outdoor life. The doctors and I agree that being able to go outside again may improve her health and quality of life and I want to make sure she can do it in a safe way. I am open to ideas and suggestions, but I am also looking to purchase a dog kennel or something similar that I can turn into a cat safe house. She will definitely still have the option to come indoors whenever she wants, but I would like to be able to leave a window cracked so she can go in and out.

Willing to travel and dismantle but looking to pay an affordable fee or possibly trade for pet sitting/dog walking/nail trims/etc services.

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Jan. 28th, 2007 @ 08:10 pm Question
I don't know if this is the right community to ask something like this or not, but at least--hopefully--I can get a referral on where to ask:

My girlfriend's cat paws at the ground whenever he drinks from his water dish. Yet, he never does it when eating from the food dish. Is there any reasonable explanation for this? I wouldn't begin to know where to search for information like this and hopefully I can get an answer from you guys. Thanks!
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Nov. 29th, 2006 @ 09:47 am Hi
Hi all, I just joined your community. I am a student of animal behavior hoping some day to have my PhD in behavioral ecology. I am looking forward to getting to know everyone and contributing to topics.
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Sep. 29th, 2006 @ 05:53 pm Request for articles
Female choice of multiple male criteria in guppies: interacting effects of dominance, coloration and courtship
Astrid Kodrie-Brown
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 32: 415-420

Predator inspection, shoaling and foraging under predation hazard in the Trinidadian guppy, Poecilia reticulata
Lee A. Dugatkin and Jean-Guy J. Godin
Environmental Biology of Fishes 34: 265-276

Guppies and the TIT FOR TAT strategy: preference based on past interaction
Lee Alan Dugatkin and Michael Alfieri
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 28: 243-246

Immunocytochemical localization of serotonin in the brain and pituitary gland of the platyfish, Xiphophorus maculatus.
H. Margolis-Kazan, L. R. Halpern-Sebold, M. P. Schreibman
Cell Tissue Research 240: 311-314

email to caio DOT maximino AT gmail DOT com
Thanks in advance!
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Aug. 25th, 2006 @ 11:07 am Yellow Jacket Supernests
Current Mood: impressedimpressed
Current Music: Boards of Canada - Aquarius
Interesting article on giant wasp nests.
Yellow Jacket Supernests

I'd like to follow this story and see what new behaviour is being exhibited by these insects.

Does anyone have other references to these?
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Jul. 9th, 2006 @ 08:48 pm Bonobos on NPR
NPR's Weekend Edition aired an interview with Sue Savage-Rumbaugh on Saturday. Read more or listen to the interview here: A Voluble Visit with Two Talking Apes. The linked page also contains an interesting article about dogs and what they might be able to understand.

The interview is mostly about Kanzi and his sister Panbanisha. There's also an article about Panbanisha's son Nyota (text only) here: Living with Nyota the Bonobo.

NPR is joy. :)
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May. 19th, 2006 @ 02:39 pm Clicker Training Community
Howdy all. I just created clickertraining, a community for folks interested in positive-reinforcement training. If you're into it, or if you've asked yourself "What's that clicker stuff all about, anyway?" please feel free to join!

It's not just for trick-trainers, so please don't be put off by that (although if you are a trick trainer, feel free to post about that!). It's about developing a better relationship with your pet through positive reinforcement.

Please feel free to cross-post this to other animal or training communities!
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