Category: animals

A Girl and Her Alligator

Circa 1960

Eighteen for Eighteen

In eighteen years of military service, Napoleon Bonaparte had eighteen horses shot out from under him!

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The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, July 30, 1961

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Little mother, 1907.

Little mother, 1907.

Are You Bored?

Daily Independent Journal, San Rafael, California, July 16, 1952

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Bird Brain

Pix Magazine, Australia, June 20, 1953

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Grover and Quackles

The Los Angeles Times, California, February 10, 1935

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Constance Bennett and Gil

Constance Bennett and Gil, Hollywood, 1939

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Birds of a Feather Learn Together

In the early 1900s in the United Kingdom, blue tits and robins had easy access to cream from the open milk bottles left on humans’ doorsteps. After World War I, the British began to seal the bottle tops with aluminum foil. By the 1950s the entire blue tit population of the United Kingdom had learned pierce the foil to reach the cream. But the robins had not. What was going on?

The difference lay in cultural transmission: a blue tit can learn a new behavior by observing another bird performing it. Robins generally can’t do this — while an individual robin might learn to pierce the foil, it has no way to pass on this discovery to other robins. In addition, young blue tits are reared in flocks in which they can observe one another easily, and learn from one another. Robins are territorial and have fewer such opportunities.

Unfortunately for both, the milkman is now extinct.

Racheep

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Pennsylvania, October 8, 1939

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