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Pets on stamps

The U.S. postal service (USPS) will release a series of stamps with Pets. A booklet entitled Pets will immortalize 20 of the most popular animals, birds, fish and reptiles living in American homes and apartments.

The production of the booklet was preceded by extensive research on the subject, what kind of “smaller brothers” give preference to residents of the USA. Let us dwell on each animal that had the honor to get on a postage stamp.

Puppies – stamp the puppy symbolizes the centuries-long attachment to the American dogs. Many families take home puppies that grow up with children, and eventually become full-fledged members of the family.

Betta Fish is one of the most popular aquarium fish in North America, with a graceful tail and fins, exotic coloring. These fish generally are imported to the U.S. from Asia, and then multiply under the control of the most experienced ichthyologists.

Iguanas – Mexican lizard, which is the ancient symbol for the entire continent. These reptiles were considered sacred creatures. The Indians were convinced that they bring good luck and help to win over the enemies.

Hamsters – hamsters Americans love and are trying to create for them the best living conditions. If the Soviet hamsters lived in a three-liter steklyannaya, American brothers built palaces with numerous rooms and passageways. Continue reading

Who is smarter, dogs, primates or dolphins?

The study of intellectual abilities of four-legged clever British scientists have established “vocabulary” of the average dog – 165 human words. That is, according to its development normal dog thinks at the level of two-year-old.

More “erudite” to remember is to understand up to 250 words and in arithmetic are catching up with three – four kids. And social development, they reach the level of the average teenager.

In the ranking of the most intelligent breeds in the top three behind border collies, poodles and German shepherds. Behind them, Golden retrievers, Dobermans, Shelties and Labradors. But hunting breed specific intellectual abilities are not whipped.

This genius dog was recognized as 6-year-old border collie by the name of Chaser. For three years of enhanced daily workouts (it worked for 4-5 hours without days off), Chaser have learned to recognize the names of more than a thousand different items! It can find in a pile of soft toys that requests people. Only once the dog can be found among the hundreds of items at least 18 out of 20 friends to her voice.

The main goal of researchers was to find out whether the dog’s limit on the number of words that she can understand. Can dogs recognize the names of objects, not just the commands associated with the object, such as “take”.

It turned out that Chaser can not only recognize objects, but to find them among superficially similar. Moreover, the dog can isolate subjects on a number of grounds, for example, in the form of (what are beginning to be accustomed for children under three years). Continue reading

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