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Looking through the eyes of love...I mean...animals.

 
 
OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Mon 25 Jan, 2010 02:46 am
@dlowan,
True; thay have good feathers.
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Mon 25 Jan, 2010 04:52 am


Little Colored Birds Imitate Michael Jackson:

OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Mon 25 Jan, 2010 05:22 am



Multiple Hummingbirds Feeding from Red Feeder
The Hummingbirds begin 37 seconds after the movie starts.
U have to be patient for 37 seconds to see the Hummingbirds.

The Hummingbirds r so stable in mid-air,
that it looks as if thay were standing on a rock.

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dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 25 Jan, 2010 06:00 am
@OmSigDAVID,
Super cool!!!
OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Mon 25 Jan, 2010 06:31 am
@dlowan,
Thank u!
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dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 25 Jan, 2010 08:25 am
@dlowan,
This has a kangaroo giving birth.

My hunch is most men will go EWWWWWWWWW!!!


And most women will say "I wanna be a marsupial!!!

Thomas
 
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Reply Mon 25 Jan, 2010 08:30 am
@dlowan,
dlowan wrote:
My hunch is most men will go EWWWWWWWWW!!!

And most women will say "I wanna be a marsupial!!!

As an asexual wannabe philosopher from outer space, I'm asking myself: If humans were marsupials, how would that affect how their ethicists think about issues like abortion and infanticide?
dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 25 Jan, 2010 08:38 am
@Thomas,
I THINK they can reabsorb....or hold feotii back from developing.

I'd say they have a different, but pragmatic, view.

Bad roo mummies kind of commit infanticide a lot, through not protecting their kids well enough.

Good roo mummies rear a LOT of theirs.

There's a great doco of them, called Faces in the Mob, exploring their social structure.


Last year we spent time with friends near Pt Macquarie in NSW, who live in a very rural environment.

They have a mob of roos living pretty much on their land, which spend a great part of their day relaxing on the lawn, and being roos.

It was great, because we saw one of the big males come in and find someone in oestrus...so we saw courtship, chasing the other boys away, and suchlike.

Australians will be stunned to know that courting males make a very Skippy-like noise!
Thomas
 
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Reply Mon 25 Jan, 2010 08:45 am
@dlowan,
dlowan wrote:
I'd say they have a different, but pragmatic, view.

Bad roo mummies kind of commit infanticide a lot, through not protecting their kids well enough.

Good roo mummies rear a LOT of theirs.

Sounds kinda sorta like ancient-Greek attitudes to infanticide. I'll check if I can get "Faces in the Mob" in Joisey.
dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 25 Jan, 2010 09:06 am
@Thomas,
DVD.


Animals don't generally kill babies (with the exception of disturbed mothers and males trying to get rid of all babies that are not their own...their gener figure they need them.)

But...they aren't an invasive plague species generally, and they don't have other jobs waiting for them.


Read Goodall re her chimps' successes and losses, to illuminate how important good mummying (and occasionally daddying) is amongst mammals.
dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 25 Jan, 2010 07:36 pm
@dlowan,
A short story that fits the bill, (thanks to Soz)


http://www.newyorker.com/fiction/features/2010/01/25/100125fi_fiction_wilson
sozobe
 
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Reply Tue 26 Jan, 2010 01:35 pm
@dlowan,
You're most welcome.

What did you think of it?
Thomas
 
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Reply Tue 26 Jan, 2010 01:56 pm
@sozobe,
Loved it! Loved the way Wilson made it sound like a captivating history essay. But in spite of the drama he manages to build up, he manages to avoid personalizing the ants unduly. Even when he says the colony is under stress, he feels obliged to support it with the level of pheromones in the air.

But I can't speak for Deb of course. Maybe she just posted the link as a cautionary tale: See? That's what happens when you look at nature through the eyes of ants!
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dlowan
 
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Reply Tue 26 Jan, 2010 03:00 pm
@sozobe,
I am glad I am not an ant.
littlek
 
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Reply Tue 26 Jan, 2010 05:31 pm
I can't wait to visit this site and see what's there (in other words: bookmark).
sozobe
 
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Reply Tue 26 Jan, 2010 08:06 pm
@dlowan,
Yeah.

Although I admit that after reading it I had the urge to get a second ant farm -- sozlet has one -- and go ahead and connect them (they're connectable) and see what happens. Yes I'm terrible. (I wanted to see the stilt walking though.)

Thomas, exactly. I thought it hit a nice balance.
dlowan
 
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Reply Tue 26 Jan, 2010 09:18 pm
@littlek,
Bring stuff back!!!
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dlowan
 
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Reply Tue 26 Jan, 2010 09:22 pm
@sozobe,
GASP!!!!


Here's an interesting article:

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/22356
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