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Parrots Can Understand What They Are Saying…But It Depends on You! Those with companion birds like to think that their birds can understand what both the owner and the birds themselves are saying, and often ask me if that is possible. My answer is that it is definitely “possible,” but that the answer depends on
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(Picture Credit: johny007pan/Getty Images) World Jump Day is celebrated on July 20th of each year. What the heck is World Jump Day, you ask? The unofficial holiday started back in 2006 when an artist named Torsten Lauschmann suggested that if enough people on one side of the planet jumped at the same time, it would change
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Critically endangered tigers, considered to be ‘functionally extinct’ in China, are now offered by several South African hunting businesses. Since tigers are primarily defined as an exotic species in South Africa, the captive breeding, trading and hunting of this CITES Appendix I species is unregulated, with an estimated 60 mostly unlicensed tiger breeders, including several
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Circus trainers abuse animals until they’re so terrified that they’ll perform ridiculous, demeaning, and often painful tricks. It was during a training session that four tigers snapped, killing circus trainer Ettore Weber during a rehearsal yesterday evening in Italy, just one hour before a Circo Orfei show was scheduled to start. Ettore Weber’s tigers turned
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Western Meadowlark. Photo: James Halsch/Audubon Photography Awards This audio story is brought to you by BirdNote, a partner of The National Audubon Society. BirdNote episodes air daily on public radio stations nationwide.  Transcript: This is BirdNote! Birds are an inspiration for many musicians.  Bandleader Raymond Scott probably saw these birds at the Central Park Zoo
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Blue-throated Mountain-gem. Photo: Rick & Nora Bowers/Alamy Sometimes we lose numbers on our life lists when the American Ornithological Society’s Committee on Classification and Nomenclature (informally known as the Checklist Committee) delivers its annual bird-name update. Sometimes we gain new ones. And sometimes a familiar species winds up with a new name or is classified
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According to a report this week by Quartz, two Chinese nationals were arrested last month in the state of California with $3.7-million-worth of totoaba swim bladders that they had smuggled from Mexico. Quartz’s Justin Rohrlich writes that a sheriff’s deputy in Orange County, California initially pulled the two men, Yikang Liang and Haoyu Huang, over
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