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Discussion in 'The Animal World' started by Mock Turtle, Jul 31, 2020 at 5:17 AM.

  1. Mock Turtle

    Mock Turtle Asinine, socialist-leaning, lazy filth
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    My neighbour has a black plastic crow-like bird atop our dividing fence, and I've just spotted a pigeon trying to chat it up, or even kiss it (not sure), but it gave up after a few minutes, seeing no response from the ungrateful wretch. It's known that small birds will attack or be fascinated with their reflections in car mirrors (or even windows), but one might assume they could sense something was made of plastic rather than being alive. Was it just curious, or showing the limits of its intelligence? :oops:

     
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    At least it wasn't inflatable.
     
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    my neighbor used to have hedges neatly trimmed to his picture window

    cardinals are territorial

    that poor bird beat himself near to death trying to chase the reflection away
     
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    Self awareness in animals is one of the hot study topics in biology and psychology
     
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    It's a bit odd how it varies so much, with so few animal species passing the mirror test, although there might be some explanation for such.
     
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    I read a while ago that a fish had passed it, much to the consternation of people who think primates are superior
     
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    Does that explain the mouth-open look? :oops:
     
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    Species?
    I have owned cats that thought the reflection was another cat and ones that knew it was them.
    Same with dogs.

    I have owned both who started out not knowing but learned.
    And those who never learned

    So I agree how odd the variation is.
     
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    I never thought to give the test to my dog faced puffer.
    He was hoot.
    Anything put in his tank he did not like or want in his tank he either tossed it out of his tank, or buried,
     
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    pets come and go....but this one cat.....Sammy

    seemed to understand when the kids were catching bugs for science homework

    the cat shows up
    with a dragon fly
    dead but otherwise all in one piece
    and gave it to the kids
     
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    Intelligence shown in dramatic fashion
     
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