Meet Willie, the Quaker Parrot, who is known for his friendly, chatty nature. He outdid himself when he put two words together, 'Mama' and 'baby', which he had never used before, saving the life of a child who was choking.
The goal is 12,500 species. The ’Photo Ark’ navigator and animal photographer is Joel Sartore. The mission is to document every captive animal species in the world using studio lighting and black-and-white backgrounds. So far, he’s traveled to 40 countries and has accomplished more than half of his target.
In a few of my past posts, I reported on microchipping dogs and its importance in locating lost pets, particularly during inclement weather such as hurricanes. Of recent date, the application of microchipping has expanded to include some of our other most loved pets. For instance, with parrots, like dogs, this procedure is a lot safer than the standard, traditional leg bands.
My last post focused on monkeys and the biological reasons why man’s closest genetic cousin lacks the ability to utter a word. With films such as ‘Planet of the Apes’ and other such fiction broaching this topic, it was curious to me why evolution hadn’t taken monkeys down the same ‘audible speaking’ path as humans.