We’ve all heard about the Natural Law of Selection which upholds the rule: Survival of the Fittest. This just means that the animals who are stronger and more capable of adapting and that they will survive and evolve. Nowadays, however, scientists are observing a trend, a new order aptly called: “Survival of the Cutest”.
As we know, many animal species are already endangered or facing the threats of extinction. While conservation efforts are there, can you recall some animals that we have been successfully protecting so far?
Survival of the Cutest indeed!
For the most part, our conservation efforts involve pandas and polar bears, tigers and elephants. And though they are truly far from being endangered, dogs are highly conserved and protected, too. Of course, protecting our favorite animals is not wrong at all but our biases towards them are letting other important species to die off.
According to Ernie Small a veterinary research scientist from Canada, today’s conservation efforts include “beautiful and useful species only”. Small published an article in the Journal of Biodiversity named, The New Noah’s Ark. The article discusses the human tendency of deciding which animal species survive and which die off according to our own criteria of beauty and usefulness. Animals that are beautiful, cute, or has commercial or industrial value (e.g. seafood like tuna, salmon etc) will be conserved.
How about us humans? Won't you conserve us too? 🙁
Small further notes who are the major losers in this new shift in conservation:
the losers in the competition for protection are mostly reptiles and amphibians, even though these — especially frogs and toads — are probably the most endangered groups of animals in the world.
In another study, Small discussed the traits of animals that gears humans to save or care for them:
1. Usefulness: If animal is used for food, clothing, animals of burden etc.
2. Being fierce or powerful : Baffling as it is, but we are also enchanted with the magnificence of powerful animals. Does lion and tiger conservation ring a bell? Or maybe we just didn’t move on from Lion King.
3. Displaying human-like traits : We are fascinated when animals display characteristics close to ours. Thus apes and primates are number one on this aspect. So are “intelligent” animals such as dolphins and yes our dogs.
4. Cuddliness : Yes it really helps that the animal is cute, or seem huggable. Think of the panda, or koalas.
5. Beauty or color : Some birds receive some love from us humans because of their bright colours or beauty.
Now the traits that Small lists as undesirable:
1. Smelling bad! : Animals that evoke strong smells such as skunks are a no-no! We would even call exterminators for that!
2. Slimy skin, scales, wrinkles and warts: : Collectively, we don’t like taking care of animals that seem gross or ugly.
3. Eating dirty food : That’s why we hate rats, or even if vultures and carrion-eaters are endangered, we don’t give much of a damn.
So there you have it. Not only are we responsible for the endangered state of these animals. We also influence their survival or death because of our prejudices. What do you think of this? Are we really enforcing, survival of the cutest?
Source: National Post
Viral Commercial: Animal Shelter’s Low-Budget Cat Ad Is Purr-fectly Funny!
I absolutely love this ad – like fur real!
With the right amount of creativity, it’s really not impossible for a commercial to go viral online – even if you only have a limited budget to produce it. Take it from Furkids, an animal rescue organization in Atlanta, Georgia, that recently scored a viral hit with a short but genuinely funny cat commercial.
The video stars Paul Preston going around the animal shelter, endorsing the cats to potential owners using the approach of a used car salesman.
His ‘marketing pitches’ are absolutely hilarious that even the staff filming the ad couldn’t help but chuckle in the background. ...
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Definitely not “bird-brained.”
It's about time we see chickens in a different light.
Chickens might just be as smart as other animals, as revealed by a recent study - a far cry from the intellectually unimpressive fowls that we have perceived them to be. According to research, chickens are able to demonstrate behavior suggestive of a certain level of intelligence. For example, roosters call out to hens and pretend that they found food and lure them into having sex.
Dr. Lori Marino, an animal behavior expert, says that such behavior is a manifestation of "Machiavellian intelligence."
Amazing Dog Guarded His Injured Best Friend on Train Track for Two Days
Loyal dog guards his injured friend on a freezing train track for two days.
We often hear stories about the loyalty of man’s best friend. They often rescue humans in danger even at the cost of their own lives. However, this story is remarkably unique because it shows the friendship of two dogs under a tight situation.
It was a freezing Christmas Day in Tseglovka, Ukraine when Denis Malafeyev received an urgent call about a pair of male and female dogs on a train track. One of the dogs was hurt, and could not move away from the track. The other dog did not leave the injured female dog’s side and shielded her whenever a train passed the tracks. When he heard the train’s signal, he would quickly go over and lie on top of her, as they press their heads on the ground while the train ran over them. According to witnesses, the two dogs were on the track for almost two days.
The two dogs were on the freezing train tracks for two days.
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