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Study Reveals that Chickens Are Not as Dumb as We Think They Are

Definitely not “bird-brained.”

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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.”

As she wrote in the journal Animal Cognition,

“My overall conclusion is that chickens are just as cognitively, emotionally and socially complex as most other birds and mammals in many areas.”

She further asserts,

“Deception is (an) example of possible Machiavellian intelligence in chickens.

“Males will sometimes make a food call in the absence of any food. This serves to attract females who, once near them, can be engaged.”

“Chickens are misperceived as lacking most of the psychological characteristics we recognise in other intelligent animals and are typically thought of as possessing a low level of intelligence compared with other animals.

Also, did you know that chickens have 24 different types of clucks and coos at their disposal? This is not to mention the multitude of body language that they can demonstrate. And, if that is not enough, chickens know how to count morsels along “number lines” and are able to distinguish between crude figures and diagrams.

Well, apparently, chickens aren’t really “bird-brained.”

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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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20 Adorable and Funny Cats Posing Like Vintage Pin-Up Girls

Cats and pinup girls. Nuff said!

You know what’s more adorable than cats? Well, that has to be cats posing like vintage pin-up girls!

Thanks to BoredPanda, we’ve recently found out about this dedicated Tumblr page called “Cats That Look Like Pinup Girls” – and it’s probably one of the best cat blogs we’ve come across with online.

The page’s name tells us exactly what it is. Photos of adorable kitties are placed beside paintings of vintage pinup girls, emulating their poses. Or perhaps its the other way around in some instances?

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Substance Abuse: It’s Not Just Humans, Animals Also Use Drugs

When animals get ‘high.’

The search for that ever-elusive high is not exclusive to humans. Yes, animals in the wild use drugs, too.

Legends say that the origin of Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer's story, along with its herd mates' gravity-defying stunt, can be traced in Siberia. Coincidentally, it is where the highly psychedelic fly agaric mushroom sprout in troops. Though toxic to humans, the psilocybin-containing fungus can be safely consumed by a reindeer.

This makes us wonder, maybe Rudolph's nose is actually a fly-agaric mushroom in disguise, or Santa's flying reindeer herd is a figurative depiction of the animals' high.

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