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I like boids. Let's talk about them some more. I just learned that Superb Fairy-Wrens sing "passwords" to their incubating chicks before they hatch, in order to discriminate their own offspring from the parasitic cuckoo chicks that get placed in their nests.
>"Fairy-wrens were known to discriminate against cuckoo nestlings on the basis of their foreign begging calls", said Sonia Kleindorfer, a Professor of Animal Behaviour and Ecology at Flinders University in Adelaide and Scientific Director at the Flinders Research Centre for Climate Adaptation and Animal Behaviour, who led these studies.
>The researchers found that incubating females produced an average of 16 of these calls per hour late in the incubation period, 4 to 5 days prior to hatching, ceasing this call shortly before hatching
>Not only was the signature element in each female's incubation call significantly more similar to the begging call produced by their own nestlings, but it was not similar to begging calls recorded from any other fairy-wren brood
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/an/, I need help. Over the past year I've come to this board updating you guys on my boxer with degenerative myelopathy.
The problem is, of course, she can't move her back legs at all (it literally just got this bad yesterday). I'm not entirely sure if this is because of the disease, however.
As you can see in the picture, she has a lot of bumps that cover her chest and throat area (they popped up over night, I counted them and she has 7). She's also in heat. I'm not sure if any of this could have something to do with it.
Whenever she tries to move, it looks like she might be in pain as well. I'm not very knowledgeable about this disease, but I believe I remember reading that it is relatively painless, so she could've possibly damaged something herself.
I'm talking her to the vet in ~6 hours, they can't see her any earlier.
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Hey /an/. I don't know very much about birds, so please bear with me here.
For the first two years, my rainbow lorikeet was a saint. He was more playful than any puppy or kitten I've ever seen, and I loved him to pieces. He'd learnt to open his cage just to fly over and check what I was doing.
But after a while, he went batshit insane. It's impossible to go near him without needing a band-aid afterward. It's as if his entire memory of me was replaced with a burning, unquenchable thirst for blood. I know other lorikeet owners who have experienced the same thing.
Could anyone explain why or how this happens?
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I'm really excited, we are going to adopt a second kitten today. We already have one male, 6 months old, the most social cat I've ever seen and we are concerned that he gets bored and kinda depressed from staying home alone all day.
The new guy is also a male, 5-6 months old, so hopefully they are still too young to be very territorial...
I'm thinking of introducing them gradually, giving each half of the apartment so that the new one can leave his scent around and feel at home.
Both are male, planning to neuter them before they start marking with urine, gonna keep them indoor (with the exception of supervised time on the balcony, so they get to experience outside stuff a bit).
I've only ever had a single cat, so any advice, tips, stories related to keeping two are more than welcome.
Pic related, it's the one we are adopting today.