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Halloween Enrichment for Tigers

Every Halloween, zoos everywhere indulge their favorite animals in a little pumpkin enrichment for the holiday.  These tigers from the GW Exotic Animal Park, located in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, are no exception and love to play with their healthy pumpkin treats.

 

Happy Almost Halloween!

Belugas Imitating Humans

According to research done in in San Diego, California, and published online Monday in Current Biology, audio captured from a beluga whale was the whale imitating people.  In fact, the whale song sounded so eerily human that divers initially thought it was a human voice.

Handlers at the National Marine Mammal Foundation in San Diego heard mumbling in 1984 coming from a tank containing whales and dolphins that sounded like two people chatting far away.  It wasn’t until one day, after a diver surfaced from the tank and asked, “Who told me to get out?” did researchers realize the garble came from a captive male Beluga whale.  For several years, they recorded its spontaneous sounds while it was underwater and when it surfaced.

An acoustic analysis revealed the human-like sounds were several octaves lower than typical whale calls.  Scientists think the whale’s close proximity to people allowed it to listen to and mimic human conversation.  It did so by changing the pressure in its nasal cavities. After four years of copying people, it went back to sounding like a whale, emitting high-pitched noises.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The study is not the first time a whale has sounded human. Scientists who have studied sounds of white whales in the wild sometimes heard what sounded like shouting children. Caretakers at the Vancouver Aquarium in Canada previously said they heard one of the white whales say its name.

http://www.cbs12.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_2773.shtml

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iNzCxQ63xN1cnq3StN-RnJ2NnrPw?docId=266d257ea4784c09bf04beacfe7e34e8

Tech Support Kitty

This picture really made me LOL… and hopefully if you’re reading this, then you don’t need tech support kitty, but he’s almost worth breaking the computer for…. enjoy!  :-D

Happy Caturday ^-^

Kelp Grizzlies

I found a brand-new documentary on the Sea Otter, or Kelp Grizzlies: an adorable nickname they’re given in the video title.  This mini-documentary is full of great information about the animal, while showing off cute footage of the otters in action.  Enjoy!

 

 

Happy Ottersday  ^_^