The Dingo Is Smarter Than Pet Dogs

Studies in the past have shown that wolves are smarter than domesticated dogs when it comes to solving spatial problems, and now new research has shown that dingoes also solve the problems well.The dingo is considered a “pure” prehistoric dog, which was brought to Australia tens of thousands of years ago by the Aborigines. While they have in the past been associated with humans, they have adapted to surviving “wild” in the Australian outback.

The dingo lies somewhere between the wolf, its ancient ancestor, and the domestic or pet dog, and has cognitive differences between the two. There has been little research done on dingoes, even though studies would aid in the understanding of the evolution of dogs, and it was unknown whether the dingo was more “wolf-like” or “dog-like”. Researchers in South Australia have now subjected the Australian dingo (Canis dingo) to the classic “detour task,” which has been used by previous researchers to assess the abilities of wolves (Canis lupus) and domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) to solve non-social, spatial problems.

The detour task involves placing a treat behind a transparent or wire mesh fence. The dog can see the food but cannot get to it directly and has to find its way along the fence and through a door and then double back to get the food. More

Zebra Puts Head Into Hippo's Mouth But Escapes Unhurt After Cleaning Predator's Teeth

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This inquisitive zebra diced with death when it leaned in to the gaping mouth of a hippopotamus.One of the most aggressive animals in the world, the hippo can savage its victim to death with its menacing jaw.But the zebra seems perfectly unaware of the precarious position he’s in as he teeters on the edge of the water dangerously close to the animal’s razor-sharp teeth.
Despite appearing to be just seconds away from imminent death, the striped creature escaped unharmed.Much to the surprise of zoo visitors, the animal was merely cleaning the hippo’s teeth.The extraordinary spectacle was captured by photographer Jill Sonsteby at Zurich Zoo, in Switzerland.

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Zebra Puts Head Into Hippo's Mouth But Escapes Unhurt After Cleaning Predator's Teeth

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This inquisitive zebra diced with death when it leaned in to the gaping mouth of a hippopotamus.One of the most aggressive animals in the world, the hippo can savage its victim to death with its menacing jaw.But the zebra seems perfectly unaware of the precarious position he’s in as he teeters on the edge of the water dangerously close to the animal’s razor-sharp teeth.
Despite appearing to be just seconds away from imminent death, the striped creature escaped unharmed.Much to the surprise of zoo visitors, the animal was merely cleaning the hippo’s teeth.The extraordinary spectacle was captured by photographer Jill Sonsteby at Zurich Zoo, in Switzerland.

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