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BBC Nature - Animal colour through animal eyes. 01 Humping: Is It All About Sex? Why do dogs hump?

01 Humping: Is It All About Sex?

Dogs humping humans may amuse other humans, but rarely the human who's being humped. Some dogs will hump a toy or sofa cushion incessantly. We accept dogs humping other dogs in the act of mating, but in other situations it can create problems. What does all this humping mean, and what can we do about it? Early Days Puppyhood socialization to another dog of the opposite sex can help a dog orient sexual behavior for adulthood.

Much of the humping you'll see among puppies as well as among adult dogs is play. If a dog persists in humping another dog in a social situation, distracting the dog who's doing the humping into another activity is a good idea. Secondly, being humped can become oppressive to the dog who is the target, so that's another reason to interrupt. Physical Issues Irritation or itching in the genital area can cause both male and female dogs to hump in response to the physical sensation. Effects of Neutering Alternatives Permanent Link: Ravens vs Crows, they're different! UAE-PIGEON_FANCIER. Mass of ants behaving as a fluid. Attacking Shark Gagged by Slime.

Hagfish Sliming Video. New Amphibians Without Arms or Legs Discovered. Flesh-Eating Baby "Worm" Feasts on Mom's Skin. April 12, 2006 The doting mom of a wormlike amphibian found in Africa lets her babies devour her own flesh, scientists have found.

Flesh-Eating Baby "Worm" Feasts on Mom's Skin

The tropical creature transforms its skin into a nourishing, fat-rich meal for its newborns to eat, researchers say. This bizarre form of parental care was uncovered in Kenya (map), where a team of biologists observed the young of a caecilian, a type of limbless amphibian, feasting on their mother. Furthermore, the youngsters' teeth appear to be specially designed for eating their mother's flesh. The gruesome parenting method, described tomorrow in the journal Nature, has never before been seen in animals. "There's nothing [in the animal kingdom] that peels off the skin and eats big chunks of it like these things are doing," said lead study author Mark Wilkinson, a zoologist at the Natural History Museum in London, England.

The female's skin doubles in thickness during this period, the researchers found. Spiked Points. What's in a Howl. What's in a Howl?

What's in a Howl

By Fred H. Harrington Professor of EthologyMount Saint Vincent University, Nova Scotia Ask anyone about wolf vocalizations and the howl invariably springs to mind. Even though wolves bark, woof, whine, whimper, yelp, growl, snarl and moan a lot more often than they howl, it is howling that defines the wolf, and fascinates us. So why do wolves howl? The center of a wolf's universe is its pack, and howling is the glue that keeps the pack together. We do know, however, that howling keeps packmates together, physically. For the following examples of howling, you can "read" the sound spectrograph as you listen to the howls. You'll need one of the free software plugins—RealPlayer or QuickTime to be able to view the sonagram clips of wolf howls below. A "Lonesome" Howl RealVideo broadband/dialup | QuickTime (3.3MB) | AVI (3.3MB) The series of adult howls heard here can be classified as "lonesome" or "lone" howls.

Living With Wolves - About Wolves - Questions About Wolves. Do wolves attack people?

Living With Wolves - About Wolves - Questions About Wolves

Answer: In the past 100 years, there have been only two incidents in North America, in 2005 and 2010, where wolves have allegedly killed a human being. In comparison to deaths caused by other large carnivores, this is an extremely rare rate of occurrence. Wolves usually have a natural fear of people that is only eroded when they learn to associate humans and human settlement with opportunities to find food.

Importantly, both of these fatalities took place near illegal garbage dumps that attract a host of scavenging carnivores other than wolves, including bears and coyotes. In both cases, there is controversy as to whether or not wolves were the perpetrators. Wolves are large predatory animals capable of bringing down much larger prey. The Dolphin Institute - Resource Guide. Louis M.

The Dolphin Institute - Resource Guide

Herman Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Laboratory, University of Hawaii and The Dolphin Institute, Honolulu, Hawaii Human language and ape language No single trait has been linked more closely with the human species than has language. However, the definition of language and its uniqueness as a human trait continue to be areas of study and debate. Some, such as the linguist Noam Chomsky, take an evolutionary discontinuity position professing that language is a highly nunique adaptation supported by special modifications of the brain that appear only in humans. Dolphin language, Two dolphins communicate with eachother. How to Escape from a Bear.

Edit Article Edited by Deathman76, Imperatrix, Andrew T, Keith Taylor and 107 others Bears are among nature’s most majestic creatures, and seeing one in the wild is an unforgettable experience. Get too close, however, and your encounter with a bear can be more terrifying than awe-inspiring. Fortunately, despite humans’ continued encroachment into “bear country," attacks on people are rare, and fatalities are even rarer.

Still, bears are immense, powerful wild animals, and any meeting between bears and humans can potentially turn deadly. Ad Steps 1Avoid close encounters. 7Consider last minute escape techniques:Climb a tree only under the right circumstances. Video Tips Never surprise a bear — let it know you're coming. Warnings. Pigeon intelligence. Pigeons have featured in numerous experiments in comparative psychology, including experiments concerned with animal cognition, and as a result we have considerable knowledge of pigeon intelligence.

Pigeon intelligence

Available data show, for example, that: All these are capacities that are likely to be found in most mammal and bird species. 17 Fun Cat Facts.