Animal behaviour

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Walrus leaves Arctic comfort zone for snooze on Dutch submarine
Unclear if ‘Freya’ is conducting protest lie-in or just waylaid, though Dutch navy note her choice of ‘Walrus-class submarine’

Philip Hoare

03, Nov, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Animal Vegetable Criminal by Mary Roach review – when the natural world breaks the law
We complain when wildlife intrudes into human spaces – but who are the real interlopers?

Edward Posnett

20, Oct, 2021 @8:00 AM

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‘Genius dogs’ can learn names of more than 100 toys, study finds
Six canines, all border collies, have proved some possess a remarkable grasp of human language

Linda Geddes

05, Oct, 2021 @10:01 PM

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If the regent honeyeater is ‘voted off the island’ in the bird of the year poll, its love song may be lost forever | Sean Dooley
Where once they roamed in vast flocks, today there are fewer than 350 in the wild. Now, when it sings for a mate across a vast canyon, its lovelorn call is met by silence

Sean Dooley

30, Sep, 2021 @6:11 AM

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New Zealand kea can use touchscreens but can’t distinguish between real and virtual worlds
Study finds the intelligent endangered alpine parrots can be trained to use electronic devices with their tongues

Donna Lu

29, Sep, 2021 @3:25 AM

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Licence to kill: Australians love magpies, so why are they being shot?
Authorities are taking up arms against aggressive birds contrary to the advice of experts, who say relocation is the best way to protect both the species and humans

Angela Heathcote

29, Sep, 2021 @12:40 AM

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Could whistling shed light on the origins of speech?
Whistled languages exist on every inhabited continent – now some scientists think similar dialects could have preceded the spoken word

Laura Spinney

25, Sep, 2021 @4:00 PM

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Too much of a good home is bad for panda mating, say scientists
Success of species tails off if more than 80% of an area is ideal habitat, in line with Goldilocks principle

Nicola Davis

20, Sep, 2021 @2:48 PM

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Fast or slow? Study reveals differences in how humpback whales change tune
Researchers solve mystery of why southern hemisphere whales switch suddenly but in north it is gradual

Nicola Davis Science correspondent

06, Sep, 2021 @1:42 PM

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In brief: Human Frontiers; Interviews With an Ape; Work: A History of How We Spend Our Time – review
Why we might have reached the peak of human progress, a gorilla has a lesson for us all and why work isn’t working

Alexander Larman

05, Sep, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Tusk master: Wally the walrus departs Isles of Scilly and heads north
Marine experts hope the creature is on his way back to the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard

Steven Morris

03, Aug, 2021 @11:08 AM

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On a short leash: ‘Walking our cat in the front garden has become a daily ritual’
Walking a cat may seem peculiar, but it can be an enriching experience for owner and pet – once you get past the stares

James Shackell

02, Aug, 2021 @12:53 AM

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