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Salamander Facts You Didn’t Know

Salamandra salamandra, aka salamander in everyday life, is a sort of amphibians in close relationship with frogs and toads.Their primary living place is the northern hemisphere. They prefer areas close to ponds and lakes. Some salamanders live on the dry land, others in the water but most of them spend their lives both in the water and on the land. This is what being an amphibian involves. From the 500 known salamander species the vast majority is at high risk of becoming extinct because of pollution and loss of habitat. Salamander Facts You Should Know Salamanders can have different size. The 1.1 inches long minute salamander is the smallest one, while Chinese giant salamander, with its length of 6 feet […]

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Favourite Pet Parrot: the Budgerigar

My very first pet was a happy budgerigar couple. I will remember their livid feathers and sweet chirping for ever.  As any parrot, they were one of the best pets possible. Why are budgerigars and most parrot species such great companions? Well, they don’t smell, don’t need too much space and they can be kept in the house. A few words about parrot keeping If you’d like to have a parrot and it is going to be your family’s very first pet, you should probably start with a less sensitive species. You could get a budgerigar or a nymph parrot, for instance.  They are both endemic to Australia but are more and more widely spread as pets all around the […]

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Should You Buy a Rabbit?

Whenever you decide to get a new pet, you have to ask yourself a few questions. Does it fit my lifestyle? Can I afford to take care of it? What species would be the best for me? Once you managed to answer these questions, you are ready to get a new friend. Till then you might need some help. Do you? Read this article and find out whether a rabbit is the best choice in your case. Some rabbit facts to consider your rabbit will be a sociable creature, curious about everything and everyone around it; it will love to play. You should give it some boxes, balls, baskets, anything it can chew on. As all the other rodents, rabbits […]

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Dogs have feelings, too

Dogs have feelings, according to a study conducted by a neuroeconomics professor of Emory University, Atlanta. This study have shown that dogs have similar feelings to those of people. These findings could change the way these pets are looked at and treated. The study proving that dogs have feelings Professor Gregory Burns has made a series of MRI scans on his dog. At first, his aim was to find out how dogs’ brain worked. He asked for some help from Mark Spivak, who trained the dog to lie still in the MRI machine. Otherwise, he would have had to do the scans under anesthesia, in which case he wouldn’t have been able to observe the dog’s brain activity. After months […]

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Dogs vs. Cats, Part II: Dog People Say

Are you crazy about dogs? Or do you prefer cats? These are questions most of us know the answer to without any hesitation. Whichever the case is, we can bring just as many arguments to both sides. A survey has shown, though that 74% of people preferred dogs over cats. Lets see these people’s arguments. Advantages of owning a dog, drawbacks of having a cat 1. Dogs will tilt their heads and try to understand your every word. Cats, on the other hand, will just choose a good nap over you. 2. Cats look ridiculous on a leash. (See here why they still need to go for a walk.) 3. When you get back home, your dog will great you […]

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Dogs vs. Cats, Part I: Cat People Claim

Are you a dog person or rather a cat-holic? Whichever category you fit into, I’m sure you have your good reasons. A study involving 200 people concluded that individuals who preferred dogs were more extrovert, while those in favour of cats proved to be more independent. People have been asked about their personalities and the pet species they owned. The study showed that these persons’ personalities were similar to that of their pet’s. Wherever you go, you will always find people on both sides. Lets see what those in favour of cats think. Pros of having a cat, as opposed to owning a dog 1. Cats will use their litter box whenever they need. Dogs, on the other hand, need […]

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Lions, getting closer and closer to extenction

Lions have been and will always be symbols of power and life. They seem to be in some trouble, though, and that’s definitely because of us, humans: they are close to becoming extinct. According to a conservationist, in 1950, the year he was born in, there were 450.000 lion. Today, merely 60 years later there are only 20-30.000. That is 95% less. Lion sacrifice has a number of reasons: trophy for hunters, disappearance of their natural habitat, killing them as a revenge for the cow loss and poaching for the bone black market. It is kind of a miracle this species managed to survive despite the numerous pesticides, guns and traps people use to catch them. However, it raises a […]

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Dog Memory, Similar to Ours

The short term dog memory of around five minutes is in stark contrast with that of a cat’s 16 hours. However, dogs can still learn words and gestures for a lifetime. They also recognize their owner even if it doesn’t see them for a longer period.  This is mostly because they can remember both the look and the smell of their owner. Studies have shown that dogs’ memory is very similar to our memory. This is the reason they can copy our behaviour and act similarly later on. Declarative Dog Memory Dogs have been proven to have what we call declarative memory, meaning they can consciously recall memories. Dog owners had noticed such behaviour but there was no proof of […]

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Scandinavian Wildlife Park: Home of Polar Bears

Scandinavian Wildlife Park, or Skandinavisk Dyrepark as locals know it, has first become known thanks to Siku, the abandoned polar bear cub. The park lies in Kolind on 45 ha and is home for over 300 animals from 21 species. History of the Scandinavian Wildlife Park Skandinavisk Dyrepark from Denmark opened its gates in 1994. Although at that time the they only had six species of Scandinavian deer, visitors kept flowing in. A year later the Wildlife Park became a bit richer. The Scandinavian version of Rudolf, the red-nosed reindeer moved to the park and offered some real fun: sledge rides. Over the years, the park has received numerous awards for the extraordinary conditions it provides its animals. Fauna of […]

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Animal Culture – Can You Understand It?

Animal culture is a proven phenomenon nowadays. The fact that you can’t understand them is another matter. However, that doesn’t make them less valuable. Animals, unlike some human, are able to build a civilized society based on rules. The first to discover signs of any animal culture is the one living close to them. In a zoo in the UK, zookeepers’ attention has been drawn to a strange gesture. Monkeys living together with mandrills kept putting their hands on their eyes. The odd thing was that light wasn’t that bright in that area. Mark Laidre, researcher at Berkeley University considers that this is a warning sign for other monkeys not to bother them. Although zookeepers had known about this behaviour […]

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