Watching this video was not only adorable, but inspiring, as these animal besties show us that it's possible for different animals of different sizes, colors, and states of webbed-footedness to bathe together in harmony, and that just because you're a large animal doesn't mean you leave those smaller than you to fend for themselves. It's a lesson in race and class relations, yo.Read More
Unfortunately, the fattest animals are often the cutest animals.
You know what ducks eat in nature? Not white bread. Because that's people food. And when consumed all day, every day, makes people fat. So imagine what it does to something one-tenth our size: makes it really fat. Seriously: ducks are now eating enough bread to become obese and hurt their babies.Read More
When the pictures of Yogi, a five-year-old corgi, being followed by two baby ducks first showed up on Animal Planet's Wall Of Fame it ellicited some shock and awww. But, ducklings latching onto a different species is nothing new. Imprinting is the process by which a baby animal establishes biological bonds. Typically, this bond between the ducks and the first thing they see would bind them to their mother. But in this case, what they saw happened to be Yogi.First suggested by 19th century amateur biologist Douglas Spalding, imprinting was made famous by zoologist Konrad Lorenz through his studies with geese. This type of imprinting, where an animal establishes a parental relationship is called filial imprinting. Lorenz's experiments showed that geese hatched in an incubator would imprint on the first "suitable" thing they saw, during a time he called the critical period (between 13-16 hours after hatching.) Images of Lorenz being tailed by baby geese that bonded with him through his studies are a common example of imprinting. Read More