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2014-02-25 23:02:29

The new-look IncontinentDog.net offers pet owners advice and solutions for incontinence in dogs. Scottsdale, AZ (PRWEB) February 25, 2014 At one time or another, just about every dog owner has discovered a puddle or wet spot somewhere in their home. A large part of the time, these puddles are accidents and isolated incidents. However, as a dog ages, a pet that has long been housetrained can experience an unexpected and uncontrollable loss of urine. While some dog owners can easily get...

Dogs Are Sensitive To Emotions
2014-02-21 04:24:32

[ Watch the Video: Dogs Know How You're Feeling ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Humans can recognize the voices of their friends, get a mental image of them without actually seeing them, and determine their mood based on the tone of their voices because of a special region of their brain dedicated to these tasks. However, new research suggests we might not be the only mammal with these “voice areas.” Writing in the journal Current Biology, Attila Andics...

Wolves Learn From Each Other Better Than Dogs
2014-01-31 07:52:25

University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna Although wolves and dogs are closely related, they show some striking differences. Scientists from the Messerli Research Institute at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna have undertaken experiments that suggest that wolves observe one another more closely than dogs and so are better at learning from one another. The scientists believe that cooperation among wolves is the basis of the understanding between dogs and humans. Their findings...

Social Order In Domestic Dog Packs Can Be Determined During Group Walks
2014-01-25 05:03:26

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers writing in the journal PLOS Computational Biology say that you can tell a lot about the social order of a dog pack by looking at their paths. A group of scientists from Oxford University, Eötvös University, Budapest and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS) found that a dog’s path during group walks can determine social ranks and personality traits. In order to come to this finding, the team utilized high-resolution...

Wolf Dog Relationship Complex
2014-01-17 10:34:12

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to popular belief, all of today’s dog breeds are descended from wolves domesticated thousands of years ago. However, a new study published on Thursday in PLOS Genetics has found that today’s dogs are more closely related to each other than they are to wolves – an indication that dogs were domesticated after they diverged from wolves. "Dog domestication is more complex than we originally thought," said study author John...

Social Experience Creates Empathetic, Pro-social Behavior In Rats
2014-01-14 11:22:21

[ Watch The Video: Social Experiences Determine Whether Rats Will Help Strangers ] University of Chicago Medical Center Rats will help a stranger in distress only if they have had prior social experience with the type of the unfamiliar individual Empathy-driven behavior has been observed in rats who will free trapped companions from restrainers. This behavior also extends toward strangers, but requires prior, positive social interactions with the type (strain) of the unfamiliar...

Vultures Wait For Prey
2014-01-09 13:43:30

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Vultures are even more conniving than previously believed, searching for food sources in places they know animals are more prone to die. African vultures are seen as the grim reapers of the sky, magically showing up right at the moment when an animal becomes a carcass. The latest study sought to find out how these creatures were able to cover such vast regions to find food in the first place. Researchers reported in the journal PLOS...

Your Pet Dog Could Recognize Your Face From An Image
2013-12-18 14:31:32

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A dog might be a little better at recognizing its owner’s face from an image than previously thought, according to a study published in the journal Animal Cognition. Researchers tracked the eye movements of canines to investigate whether man’s best friend was able to recognize a familiar face from an image. The team wanted to determine if dogs were able to see faces in images and whether they naturally look at familiar and strange...

Sharks Humans Proteins In Common
2013-12-06 08:32:39

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Many shark proteins, involved in a number of different functions, match those of humans more closely than they do those of zebrafish. Cornell University researchers reported  this resemblance on Thursday, after an extensive investigation into the genetic code of endangered great white sharks. Despite a longstanding fascination with great whites, whose body design has been so effective that it has barely changed since the time of...

Training Dogs To To Undergo Successful Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging
2013-12-05 06:23:55

Emory University After capturing the first brain images of two alert, unrestrained dogs last year, researchers at Emory University have confirmed their methods and results by replicating them in an experiment involving 13 dogs. The research, published by the Public Library of Science One (PLOS One), showed that most of the dogs had a positive response in the caudate region of the brain when given a hand signal indicating they would receive a food treat, as compared to a different hand...


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Shunka Warakin
2014-01-30 14:32:04

Shunka Warakin is creature from American folklore resembling a wolf, a hyena, or both. It has been suggested by cryptozoologist Loren Coleman that the creature was unknown to modern sources and its name translates to “carries off dogs.” In 1986, Israel Ammon Hutchins shot an animal on a Montana ranch. Coleman suggests that it was an example of the Shunka Warakin. It was stuffed and put on display at Joseph Sherwood’s general store and museum in Henry’s Lake, Idaho. This is the...

Beast of Gevaudan
2013-08-04 06:59:16

The beast of Gevaudan is a man-eating wolf-like animal that resided in the Margeride Mountains of Gevaudan from 1764 to 1767. It was described as having remarkable teeth and long tail. Its fur was tinted white and emitted an unbearable odor. It was said that its victims were killed by the beast ripping at the throat. An estimated 210 attacks were documented; all were men that resulted in 113 deaths and 49 injuries with 98 of the victims partly eaten. Many of the attacks happened while...

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2007-04-19 10:28:11

The Spearfish remora, Remora brachyptera, is a remora of the family Echeneidae, found circumglobally in tropical and subtropical seas. Its length is up to (50 cm). The spearfish remora is an elongate round-bodied fish, with a large oval suction disc on top of the head. This disc is actually a highly modified first dorsal fin with a raised flattened edge that acts as a seal, and a series of horizontal septae that can be moved so as to create a vacuum in a sealed chamber. Using this device...

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2007-03-19 15:14:21

The Gharial, Gavialis gangeticus, is one of two surviving members of the family Gavialidae. The Gharial (also known as gavial) is found in small numbers in India and other small populations in the Kaladan and Ayeyarwady River basins in Myanmar. Most gharials are adapted to calmer areas in deep fast moving rivers. They rarely leave the water and do so only to bask in the sun or nest on sandbanks near the river. The gharial is the second-longest of all living crocodilians. A large male can...

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2007-01-22 14:37:55

The raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides) is a member of the canidae family (which includes dogs, wolves, and foxes) and is indigenous to East Asia. It is not a true dog, and is the only species in its genus Nyctereutes. It is named for its superficial resemblance to the non-canidae raccoon. The animal carries historical and cultural significance in Japan. Raccoon dogs are native to Japan, southeastern Siberia, and Manchuria. Between 1929 and 1955 they were introduced to the European part...

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Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.