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Pets & Animals & Social Media by Ron Callari

Ron CallariRon CallariWelcome to my Homepage. As a freelance writer and editorial cartoonist, my published work explores current trends on the digital horizon, social media, humor, politics and innovation. I treat global geo-political issues with the same weight of importance as cartoons and Twitter.

Also keenly interested in the safety of our pets, and will be writing here about various issues pertinent to pet travel, pet innovation and how social media intersects with the pet world. 

Ron has also been a contributing writer for InventorSpot, where he focuses on social media issues and evolving technology.

In a world where we are barraged daily by data overload, I try to cut through the clutter by delivering new insights with off-center, but hopefully insightful commentary.  Your comments and feedback are always welcome. If you're on Twitter, please give me a follow. If you need a friend, let's connect on FacebookBut in any event, please come back often!

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If Apes Can't Talk, How Can They Dominate A Planet?

There doesn't seem to be any end to the "Planet of the Apes," film franchise. Not only has there been five flicks (including one remake) and two TV series -- this week, yet another movie opens to break box-office records. However, if we were  ever able to believe the premise behind those stories could come close to being possible some day, we'd also have to believe that apes would eventually be able to talk. But . . .

You Have To Hand It To Those Hummingbirds (Video)

Hummingbirds are enchanting creatures. They have a Disney-esque quality to them that makes us question sometimes if they are real or fiction. Their mesmerizing wing-flapping sets them apart from all of their avian cousins. We think of them as illusive, disallowing us the opportunity to get up close and personal with them.

Arctic Snowy Owls On Candid Camera In The Wild (Videos)

If you're familiar with Falcon cams which document the life-cycle of baby chicks (like the YouTube video I recorded at 101 Hudson Street in Jersey City recently), you probable know how live-streaming can capture the live footage of wildlife in urban settings. But what about out in the wild? Seems like that would present even a greater challenge.

Rufus, The Hawk Shares No Love For Pigeons At Wimbledon (Video)

Set, Match, Game on! Rufus, the Harris Hawk who keeps court at Wimbledon these days is in charge of keeping the skies and course clear of pigeons and their infamous droppings. This saavy predator knows there's nothing worse than having pigeons poop on the players - kind of puts them off their game!

Snoop Dogg Can't Understand Why Ibex Butt Heads

During a Jimmy Kimmel TV late show taping on June 30th, Snoop Dogg went all Jane Goodall over why ibexes butt heads. Except, instead of having studied the behavior of these magnificent animals like our favorite anthropologist did with monkeys, the rapper mistook his subjects for billy goats, rams and elks. But that's par for the course, since Snoop can't quite decide on how to describe himself either. . .

The Little Elephant That Might Not Roar (Video)

For those unfamiliar with the 1955 Cold War satirical novel and movie titled, 'The Mouse That Roared,' the premise was based on an imaginary country in Europe that declared war on the U.S. in an attempt to gain global exposure and boost its economy. Comparing a small nation to a mouse has since appeared often in literature when drawing the analogy of the little guy or dark horse overcoming insurmountable odds.

Monarch Butterflies' Migratory Magnetism In Real Life & Under The Dome

Is it a coincidence that novelist Stephen King's suppositions about "Monarch Butterfly magnetism" in his fictional Under the Dome TV drama (returning for a 13-episode second season on Monday, June 30th) actually supports the recent scientific discovery about how these beautiful creatures operate in the real world? It would almost have to be -- since King penned those screenplays a while back -- and the current findings that Monarch butterflies utilize a built-in magnetic compass. . .

ALEX, The Parrot Who Knew What He Was Talking About

It's been long believed that parrots could only mimic human speech -- that they could not comprehend what they were taught to say. Differing from that position, it's been scientist Irene Pepperberg's mission to prove that theory a fallacy, and she's spent several decades debating this issue with the scientific community. The African Grey she named ALEX (an anagram for 'Avian Learning Experiment') was her subject and over the course of his 30-year lifespan. . .

World Cup 2014 Has Gone To The Dogs!

Must say. . . professional futbol players have an age-old tradition of conducting themselves in a very gentleman-like fashion. As evidenced at this year's World Cup in Brazil, if one player trips or elbows another and causes him to take a fall, you'll often see them helping their opponents back onto their feet, or rubbing their head, or apologizing by offering a handshake.

World Cup 2014 Winners Determined By Psychic Animals? (Videos)

Animals seem to have leg up on the bookmakers when it comes to wagers made to determine winners in major sporting events. But you got to hand it to our furry and reptilian friends - after several different species were successful in picking the winner of the last Super Bowl in the States, it's not a stretch to think that animals outside of our borders could be just as accurate with their winning picks.


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