Posts Tagged ‘animal behavior’

Bird Watching

November 30, 2015

Bird Watching

Dr. Miyoko Chu, an ornithologist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, observed the behavior of Angry Birds and other mobile game avifauna at the behest of writer Jess Zimmerman. It turns out that real birds and swine are in conflict in Hawaii and Texas as well as in Angry Birds, more than 200 million birds a year are killed by US vehicles as in Crossy Road, and birds face challenges with the man-made environment like in Flappy Bird.

Naturally Ms. Zimmerman asked Dr. Chu why chickens cross roads. Her reply:

“I assure you, ornithologists don’t know the answer to that question, any more than they know the answer to why humans spend hours getting chickens to cross the road on our phones.”

More:

“We asked an Ornithologist to Factcheck Angry Birds — And the Results Might Surprise You,” Jess Zimmerman, Atlas Obscura

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Milk & Music

April 12, 2014

“Dairy farmers have become experts in cow comfort, from barn design to climate control engineering to keep cows as content as possible. But not all the attempts to sooth cows are quite so high tech. It may sounds silly, but some farmers swear by playing relaxing tunes for their herd for maximum milk results. But can you really slow jam your way to higher milk production? Turns out that yes, you just might.”

— “Milking to Music,” Anna O’Brien, Modern Farmer

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Pandas: Unshakeable

August 26, 2011

Pandas: Unshakeable

Many animals at DC’s National Zoo were upset by the recent earthquake. Even before the quake struck, red ruffed lemurs were alarm-barking, Iris the orangutan yelled, and the flamingos huddled together in a big pink ball.

The Giant Pandas were neither stirred nor shaken. They just sat there, chewing bamboo. Those critters are tough. They’re from China. They were probably thinking: “Pah. You call that an earthquake?”

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