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    Bullfrog Digs Channel to Save Tadpoles
    Posted in: Amphibians

    For African bullfrogs, it’s the males that take responsibility for parenting. The bullfrogs wait to breed until after heavy rainfall. In the shallows of the temporary ponds and puddles left behind is where the bullfrogs will deposit their eggs. Once hatched, the male bullfrogs will watch over their brood until the tadpoles metamorphose. The males don’t […]

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Elephant looking in mirror
List of Animals That Have Passed the Mirror Test
Posted in: General, Main

The mirror test was developed by psychologist Gordon Gallup Jr.1 in 1970 as a method for determining whether a non-human animal has the ability of self-recognition. It’s also known as the “mark test” or “mirror self-recognition test” (MSR). When conducting the mirror test, scientists place a visual marking on an animal’s body, usually with scentless paints, […]

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Altruism in Chimpanzees
Posted in: Main, Mammals

In 2005, Drs. Felix Warnecken and Michael Tomasello conducted a study on altruism in human infants and chimpanzees.1 Altruism is taking action to help someone else, even when that action won’t be reciprocated or otherwise benefit oneself. To put it simply, altruistic actions are motivated purely by the desire to […]

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