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Why Wolves Work Together as a group while Wild Dogs do not

Contrary to popular belief, domestication has made dogs less likely to cooperate to get food than wolves

Anyone who’s watched a dogsled team in action knows that dogs are capable of teamwork. Many researchers even believe that due to domestication, dogs are likely more cooperative than their wild wolf cousins. But as Elizabeth Pennisi reports for Science, a new study shows just the opposite, suggesting that wild wolves work together much more coherently than dogs.

To compare the two species, Sarah Marshall-Pescini of the University of Vienna tested dogs and wolves at the Wolf Science Center in Austria, which houses a pack of 15 mutts and seven small packs of wolves. All of the animals are raised in semi-wild conditions. She tested the canines using the “loose string” test, which involves placing pairs of dogs or wolves in front of a cage with a tray of food in it. In order to slide the tray out of the cage, both animals had to pull on a rope simultaneously.

When the animals tested were not initially trained to pull the ropes, five out of seven wolf pairs were able to figure out the test and cooperate enough to get the food in at least one trial. For the dogs, only one pair in eight cooperated enough to figure out the test—and they only accomplished it in a single trial.

In a second test, the animals were briefly trained on how to tug the ropes. When tested again, three out of four wolf teams figured out how to pull the tray together. But dogs again failed, with only two out of six pairs able to get the food. And in those cases, they succeeded during just one trial. The researchers published their results in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“We were surprised at how little the dogs did cooperate,” Marshall-Pescini tells George Dvorsky at Gizmodo. “We expected a difference but perhaps we were not quite prepared at how big of a difference we saw.”

Though dogs seemed engaged, they approached the food one at a time, “very respectfully waiting for one to finish before the other started,” she says, which prohibited them from testing out teamwork. Meanwhile, the wolves cooperated well, working together on the level of chimpanzees, according to Helen Briggs at the BBC.

In some ways, the results are not surprising. Wolves are highly social and live in packs, raise their young together and hunt as a team. Dogs, when left to fend for themselves in wild or semi-wild conditions, raise their young on their own and look for food as individuals, not as a group.

The study also shows that researchers need to conduct more studies on free-ranging dogs, reports Ed Yong at The Atlantic. Similar studies of pet dogs show they work much more cooperatively, likely because they are trained or educated by their human companions.  While most people in the United States think of dogs as the popcorn-stealing pal that watches movies in their lap, 80 percent of dogs in the world live wild in the streets of villages or agricultural areas.

“If I ask people to close their eyes and think of a dog, everyone thinks of a pet dog,” Marshall-Pescini tells Yong. “But pet dogs are a really recent invention and free-ranging dogs are more representative of the earlier stages of domestication. We need to base our theories on a different understanding of what a dog is.”

There are several theories for why semi-wild dogs aren’t as cooperative as wolves. As Yong reports, it’s possible that in the process of domestication humans, rather than other dogs, stepped into the role of dogs’ social partners. It’s also possible that the lack of cooperation is an adaptation to living in a human environment where the ability to grab a snack from the trash is more important than cooperating to take down an elk.

Another hypothesis is that dogs actively try to avoid resource conflict with each other, writes Dvorsky, and that prevents them from doing well on this particular task. Whatever the case, it sheds some light on the differences between the two related species and shows what needs to be investigated next.

Henry Sapiecha

Hulk Like Workout ‘bodybuilder’ kangaroo with rippling biceps squares up to stunned gardener in Australia

THIS is the bizarre moment a gardener spotted a threatening ‘bodybuilder’ 100kg kangaroo bathing its bulging biceps in an Australian creek.

Jackson Vincent snapped these astounding photographs of the huge roo tensing its rippling muscles in Boodjidup Creek in Margaret River, Western Australia.

The 27-year-old couldn’t believe his eyes when he clocked the mammoth two metre mammal standing in the water – and feared it could be preparing to attack beloved pet dog Dharma.

Jackson Vincent snapped these astounding photographs of the huge roo tensing its rippling muscles in Boodjidup Creek in Margaret River, Western Australia Picture: Jackson Vincent/Caters News

Jackson, from Freemantle, Perth, had been visiting his grandmother in Margaret River and saw the gargantuan animal on her property at about 11.30am.

He said: “I have been going to that creek since I was a little boy and there have always been kangaroos on the property.

“I was walking my dog and we saw this huge roo standing in the water. I have never seen a kangaroo standing in the water like that, we could just see his head at first.

“As I ran around him to take a picture he came closer and that was when I realised he was coming right at me and he was really big – one of the biggest I have ever seen.

“I am pretty confident around animals but the moment when he started to come out of the water my heart definitely jumped and I decided to take a few steps back.

“He looked to be at least two metres tall or taller and must have weighed at least 100 kg

The 27-year-old couldn’t believe his eyes when he clocked the mammoth 6ft 5in mammal standing in the water and feared it could be preparing to attack beloved dog Dharma. Picture: Jackson Vincent/Caters News

“He had a really big body and was taller than me. There are a lot of roos at my grandma’s place but I have never seen one that muscular before – he was a big macho male.

“I decided to get Dharma out of there as we thought the kangaroo was going to lure her into the water to drown her.”

Jackson’s Facebook post with his images of the kangaroo’s muscular physique instantly went viral, racking up thousands of likes and shares.

Online commenters were quick to point out the animal’s impressive bodybuilder-like muscular shoulders, biceps and chest and threatening posture.

After dropping Kelpie Dharma back at his grandmother’s house Jackson returned to the creek to see the roo was still there.

Wat M8. I’ll box ya. Picture: Jackson Vincent/Caters News

Jackson added: “His claws were really big – they were as long as my hand. That for me was even scarier than his muscles, they looked nasty.

 

“I have never seen a kangaroo be so defensive – it definitely looked like he was puffing his chest muscles up.

“I definitely wouldn’t like to take him on in a boxing match.”

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Snake catchers remove enormous roo-filled python from Cairns property Qld Australia

CAIRNS snake catchers have removed an amethystine python so huge it was mistaken for a crocodile.

A neighbour poked his head over Whiterock resident Rini Steenwinkel’s fence, telling her and husband Platon Zapantis to he had found a five-metre reptile metres from their yard.

The well-fed serpent’s length and wallaby-fed girth caught the expert from Cairns Snake Removals expert by surprise upon his arrival.

5m Amethystine python eats fully grown Wallaby. Snake and Wallaby weighing in at around 40 kg. Quite a handful for 2 of us to pickup. This snake was too large to bag. We decided it would be best to try & carry the snake out of the open yard and take him down to a nearby creek.

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“The snake catcher didn’t believe me when I described how big it was, but he turned up and said, ‘Holy crap’,” Ms Steenwinkel said.

“He rang up his friend because and they ended up having to put it in the boot of his car because it was so big.

“He said it would have been very capable of swallowing a six-year-old child.

“They were so impressed, they did it for free.”

The grassed area where it was found is popular with children, including Ms Steenwinkel’s neighbours who use it to ride their motorbikes.

The whopping python was resettled into a nearby creek.

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19 Giant Animals You Won’t Believe that Actually do Exist

Coming to large animals, few like the elephant, whale, shark, etc. come to our mind immediately. However, some certain animals have also grown exceptionally large and gigantic compared to their species’ average sizes. Check out these awesome huge and facinating animals. Hard to believe they actually exist, especially the last monster

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1. Moose the horse

This majestic beast is one of the largest horses out there, standing at an impressive 19 ft.

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2. Big Cow Chilli

This gentle giant is a 6-foot 6-inch bovine, weighing well over a ton

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3. Gibson the great dane dog

Standing at 7 feet and around 170 pounds, Gibson, the Great Dane, is the tallest dog in the world.

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4. Coconut Crab

The oversized crab is the largest living arthropod in the world, growing to a length of 3 ft and weighing at 9 lbs.

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5. The Big PigReportedly, this Big Pig weighed in at 1984 lbs, grew to 8.2 ft long and had a waistline of 7.3 ft. Unfortunately, this bowling ball is no longer with us.

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6. Stingray

This devastatingly large creature is 7 ft wide and long with a 10 ft tail.

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7. Big Jake the horse

Big Jake is an immensely tall horse, standing at an impressive 6’9” and weighing in at 2,600 pounds.

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8. African Giant Snail

The African Giant Snail is the largest species of snail, growing to lengths of about 20 cm.

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9. Giant George The Great Dane

George the Giant, weighing 245 lbs, is a massive Great Dane that can arguably be classified as a pony.

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10. Giant Catfish

This incredibly large catfish in the Mekong River, is reportedly the largest freshwater fish to be recorded, measuring at 6.5 feet long and weighing in at about 646 lbs.

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11. Blossom the very tall cow

Blossom is the world’s tallest cow, standing at a height of 6’4” and weighing in at 2,000 pounds.

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12. Giant Wild Hog

This giant hog was measured at 9 feet and weighed a whopping 1,051 pounds in weight.

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13. Darius the big rabbit

This cuddly bunny stands at an impressive 52 inches, making him the owner of the Guinness World Record for the tallest bunny.

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14. Hercules Moth

With a measured wingspan of about 10 inches, this moth is one of the largest moths in the world.

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15. Giant Bird Eating Spider

These bird-eating spiders in Laos weighing up to 41 lbs have long been a horrific nightmare for those who have crossed paths with these unthinkable crawlers.

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16. Field Marshall the worlds largest bull

This gentle giant standing at 6’5” and weighing more than 3500 lbs is the largest bull in the world.

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17. Hercules The Cat

This unique cat, commonly mistaken for a tiger or lion, is known as the hybrid Liger. Weighing in around 900 pounds, it’s the world’s largest cat.

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18. Hercules The English Mastif-Dog

This huge English Mastiff is the proud owner of the Guinness Record for the World’s Biggest Dog, weighing in at 282 pounds with a 38-inch circumference neck.

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19. Oar Fish Extraordinaire

This terribly giant oarfish was so long that it had to be held by 10 people at one time.

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Crocodile suicide: Woman jumps into pit with 1,000 crocs to end life – gators & crocs roundup.WATCH THESE VIDEOS.

This is a video with many crocodile & alligator attacks in various countries.

Published on Jan 28, 2016

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1. An elderly woman from Thailand died after leaping into a crocodile pit at the Samut Prakarn Crocodile Farm & Zoo.

2. Australia’s saltwater crocodiles are the largest and deadliest creatures on the continent. Residents of the Northern Territory got a reminder of why the large carnivores deserve their respect, when a fisherman was eaten by a crocodile named Michael Jackson.

3. When animals attack: A 24-year-old Australian man was killed in a horrifying attack by a five meter saltwater crocodile while swimming in front of friends in the Mary River in Australia’s Northern Territory.

4. A 50-year-old fisherman from central Uganda lost his eight-month pregnant wife when Nabire went down to the banks of Lake Kyoga to fetch water and was snatched by what Ugandan wildlife officials said was a 1,300 pound, 25-foot long crocodile.

5. One quick-thinking mother saved her daughter from a crocodile’s clutches in northwestern India. After a 10 minute struggle, the crocodile gave up and left its prey with minor injuries to her legs

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Alligator drags toddler into water in Orlando, Florida Videos. Body found.

Alligator snatches boy in Florida

Police say an alligator dragged a small boy into a lagoon at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, defeating the father’s efforts to save the child.

The parents of a two-year-old boy tried desperately to pull their son from the jaws of an alligator that dragged him into a lagoon at a Disney hotel in Orlando, Florida.

The boy, whose name was not released by authorities, was attacked by the reptile at the Seven Seas Lagoon at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Lake Buena Vista near Orlando, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.

There are no-swimming signs at the lagoon but the alligator grabbed the boy as he played at the edge of the water on Tuesday evening while his family, on holiday from Nebraska, relaxed on the shore nearby, sheriff’s spokesman Jeff Williamson said at a news conference.

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Child taken: An alligator seen here in a file picture. Photo: Wolter Peeters

The boy’s father rushed into the water after the alligator struck and struggled to release his child from the alligator’s grip, Mr Williamson said.
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“The father did his best,” Mr Williamson said. “He tried to rescue the child, however, to no avail.”

The father suffered minor cuts on his arm in the struggle, Williamson said.

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Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel in Orlando, Florida. Photo: Google Earth

A lifeguard on duty also was unable to reach the boy in time, he said.

“He was too far away, apparently, and the gator swam away with the child,” Williamson said.

Walt Disney World has closed its beaches as law enforcement officials hunt for signs of the boy Wildlife officials captured and euthanised four alligators from the lagoon to examine them for traces of the child after the Tuesday night attack but found no evidence they were involved, said Nick Wiley, executive director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, on Wednesday.

More than 60 sheriff’s deputies and wildlife officials were expected to search for the boy on Wednesday, using sonar technology, helicopters and divers.

Disney has closed its beaches “out of an abundance of caution,” CNN reported, citing a Disney spokesperson.

Sheriff Jerry Demings told reporters the alligator was thought to be between 1.2 and 2 metres long.

Alligators are not uncommon in the Seven Seas Lagoon, a man-made lake reaching 4.2 metres in depth, Wiley told reporters.

Williamson said he hoped daylight would help searchers, who were hindered by dark and murky waters during their overnight rescue attempts.

“We’re going to keep searching until we find something,” Williamson said.

A spokeswoman for Walt Disney World Resort said everyone there was devastated by the tragic accident. “Our thoughts are with the family and we are helping the family,” she said.

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Intact Body of 2-Year-Old Boy Recovered After Alligator Attack at Disney Resort

Published on Jun 15, 2016

The body of the 2-year-old boy snatched by an alligator at a Disney resort in Orlando has been recovered. The body of Lane Graves, who was visiting the resort with his family from Nebraska, was “completely intact” when it was found by a dive team Wednesday afternoon, Orange County Sheriff’s Jerry Demings said. Police and a Catholic priest delivered the heart-breaking news to the boy’s parents, Matt and Melissa Graves, who were visiting the resort with Lane and their 4-year-old daughter.

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Thailand Terrible Tiger Temple Tragedy: Forty dead baby tigers found in freezer

tiger cubs remains thailand tiger temple image www.pythonjungle.comThe carcasses of 40 tiger cubs were found at Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua, a Buddhist site widely known as the Tiger Temple, in Kanchanaburi, Thailand. Credit Dario Pignatelli

BANGKOK — The Thai wildlife authorities found 40 dead tiger cubs in a freezer on Wednesday at the Tiger Temple, a controversial tourist attraction in western Thailand, and were investigating whether the carcasses were evidence of the temple’s involvement in the illegal wildlife trade.

The discovery came as Thai wildlife rangers were removing adult tigers from the temple in an effort to shut down the attraction after receiving complaints that the temple was trafficking in endangered species.

The temple, a Buddhist monastery that offered paying tourists close contact with tigers, has long been accused by conservationists and animal rights activists of exploiting and abusing the animals, accusations the temple has denied.

Wildlife officials said that only one of the dead cubs found on Wednesday had been reported to the government as required by law and that the police were investigating.

Tiger parts, while illegal to sell, are in high demand in Asia, particularly China, for use in traditional medicine. There is even a market for frozen tiger cubs, as the arrest last month of a Vietnamese man carrying four of them attests.

Representatives of the temple, Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua, said that Thailand’s Wildlife Conservation Office had been notified of all of the cubs’ births and deaths and that the bodies were kept as proof that none of them were sold on the black market.

“We have declared all the deaths to the officials over years,” said Supitpong Pakdjarung, a former police colonel who runs the temple’s business operation. “They’ve known about these carcasses for a long time.”

The wildlife agency has been trying for months to shut down the Tiger Temple’s zoo. The temple has promoted itself as a spiritual center where people and tigers lived in harmony, and it has charged tourists as much as $140 apiece for the chance to bathe, hand-feed and play with the tigers.

The temple was already under investigation on suspicion of illegally trading in tigers after a former veterinarian reported that three live adult tigers had vanished.

Adisorn Noochdumrong, deputy director general of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, which oversees the Wildlife Conservation Office, said a temple staff member had told the authorities about the dead cubs in the freezer.

“We just found them this morning,” Mr. Adisorn said. “There are 40 tiger cubs.”

He said the department would perform DNA tests on the seized tigers and the dead cubs to see how they might be related.

Temple officials, however, denied any wrongdoing. Mr. Supitpong said he notified officials in December when they came to see how many tigers were at the temple.

In a Facebook post in March, the temple said that it was normal for some cubs to die and that the staff had been preserving the carcasses since 2010. The post gave no indication of how many deceased cubs there were.

Teunchai Noochdumrong, director of Thailand’s Wildlife Conservation Office and the wife of Mr. Adisorn, said the cubs did not appear to be missing any parts. There was no indication yet how they died, she said.

Debbie Banks, campaign leader on tigers and wildlife crime for the London-based Environmental Investigative Agency, said the discovery of the cubs was disturbing given the underground market in frozen cubs.

While adult tigers have more value, particularly for their pelts, teeth and claws, the cubs can be sold for their meat and for their bones, which are said to have medicinal value, she said.

Tiger cubs also are sold in large jars of wine, either on their own or with bear paws, snakes and scorpions, she said. Some people believe such “wildlife wine” provides a health benefit, she said.

Zoos that offer tourists close contact with the animals and selfie opportunities are often fronts for breeding operations that supply the black market trade, Ms. Banks said.

“Forty frozen tiger cubs?” she asked. “Why would you keep them? When we know there is a market for frozen tiger cubs, it raises a lot of issues. I think it suggests something far more sinister.”

At its peak, the temple reported having 148 tigers, nearly all of them adults. The wildlife agency seized 10 of the big cats earlier this year before the temple won a court order halting the operation. After the authorities successfully challenged that order, they resumed removing the animals on Monday.

By Wednesday evening, rangers had taken 64 more tigers, Ms. Teunchai said. The authorities estimated that 73 tigers remained at the zoo and hoped to have all of them removed by Saturday. They said that the temple lacked documentation proving ownership of the tigers and that therefore, under Thai endangered species law, they belonged to the government.

By Wednesday, Mr. Supitpong appeared resigned to the tigers’ removal and the closure of the temple’s tourist attraction. The temple recently won approval to build and operate a zoo on a nearby site, and Mr. Supitpong said he was ready to move forward with that plan.

“Right now, we want everything to come to an end,” he said. “Please hurry and remove all the tigers. Once the state tigers are all removed, we will proceed with the zoo.”

Correction: June 1, 2016
An earlier version of this article misstated the number of adult tigers taken from the temple by Wednesday evening and the number estimated to remain. Government rangers removed 64 tigers, not 100, and about 73 remained, not less than 40.ANIMAL & PET SUPPLIES BANNER

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