Owls are unique

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I’ve been watching this livestream for about 10 minutes, and I’ve already learned a ton of fascinating things about owl habits. Owls are a little weird. But hey, so are humans ;)

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What a happy story, though I always knew twins were special ;) I am one!

Video: Experts say only one in 10,000 horses deliver twins and fewer survive birth, making two newborn ponies in Georgia a rare delight. WALB’s Devin Knight reports.

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Twin Horses

A Tifton, Georgia, woman woke up to a big surprise Easter morning when her pregnant horse gave birth twice.

Lori Tucker’s horse delivered not one, but two fillies: An extremely rare occurrence for horses, and what’s even more astonishing is they’re both healthy.

Only about one in 10,000 horses have twins, and even fewer survive birth. But on Easter morning Lori Tucker was awoken by a phone call.

“My neighbor called and told me we had twins. I was actually asleep, and I was so shocked,” Tucker said.
Just a couple of days after the horses were born, Tucker said they already have different personalities.

“The older one, I could tell from birth when I came out was a little more curious than the other one. She was sniffing around, seeing who I was. The little miniature one, she was kind of shy. Standoff-ish,” she said.

Tucker says the twins were born only about 20-minutes apart. She hasn’t named the horses yet, but says she’s trying to come up with some good Easter names. In the meantime, the twins will have to get lots of rest as they continue to grow.

Baby Robin

This is so interesting ! I love how the Mom bird is right there. My goodness that little baby robin has a big mouth for such a tiny little thing ;)

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It is beautiful :) Spring is here, or mostly here. Check out this wonderful video, then you will be positive Spring is here!

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What an amazing thing this is :) very cute and also smart! I loved the video …

Ronan

Ronan, a 3-year-old sea lion, demonstrated her ability to bob to the beat in six experiments led by doctoral candidate Peter Cook at the Long Marine Lab at UCSC.
“Dancing is universal among humans, and until recently, it was thought to be unique to humans as well,” said Cook. “When some species of birds were found to have a similar capability for rhythmic movement, it was linked to their ability to mimic sound. Now we’re seeing that even mammals with limited vocal ability can move in time with a beat over a broad range of sounds and tempos.”
Ronan’s first musical “dance” lesson was to the tune of a simplified section of John Fogerty’s “Down on the Corner,” the study said. Once Ronan was trained to bob her head to music, the researchers tested her with two pop songs, “Everybody” by the Backstreet Boys, and “Boogie Wonderland” by Earth, Wind and Fire. Without any prior exposure to the songs, Ronan was able to bob to the beat of both songs over the course of multiple trials, according to the study. She then showed that she could follow along to five different tempos of “Boogie Wonderland.”
Ronan’s bobbing skills markedly improved over the course of the trials and apparently endured, the study found. The researchers gave her a follow-up test a few weeks after the final session and she was successful in keeping the beat with each of the sounds previously used, maintaining a minimum of 60 consecutive bobs to each of the various beats.
At the beginning of the experiments, Ronan was first trained to move in time to a hand signal, which was replaced by a simple non-musical sound signal. When she successfully completed tests by bobbing her head to various rhythmic sounds, she was rewarded with a fish, the study said.
The researchers varied the types and speed of the sounds to verify that she was actually following the rhythm by bobbing her head. To rule out that she wasn’t simply bobbing her head in response to the previous beat, they tested her using two computer-generated, metronome-like ticks — one that did not miss a beat and the other that did. Ronan kept the beat going even when the metronome missed a beat, according to the study.

What a Star :)

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