The Lessons In Courtship We Can Learn From Animal

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LOVE IS A DRUG

Most male mice are happy with just a short moment of passion – a quick knee-trembler behind the skirting board with a partner, and then he’s off. But a male Californian Mouse is the opposite: he seems a perfect mouse-husband who stays in to help groom and feed his mousewife, bringing her water, doing the housework and helping to look after their babies.Proof that he’s fallen head over paws in love? No, simply that the clever female has drugged him.She produces hormones in her urine that he finds intoxicating. Something in his brain is triggered by the scent, and he becomes her slave, working to exhaustion.Sound familiar? It should do. Because love is a drug for humans, too. When we fall in love, our brains swim with opioids – a natural intoxicant from the same class of chemical as heroin – and similarly addictive
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Amazing Capture

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A lion grabs a car’s door handle in its teeth at a safari park near Johannesbrg, South Africa……and opens the back door. The driver sped off unharmed

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Amazing 'Invisible' Cage

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The four passengers in the jeep must feel a whisker away from death as a lion jumps up on to their bonnet for lunch.But that’s all part of the attraction. The jeep is a new zoo exhibit which allows visitors to get incredibly close to the lions.The back part of the vehicle, up to where the windscreen should be, is actually on the outside of the reinforced glass cage. The bonnet is on the inside, and covered with meat to entice the big cats closer.It makes for an exhilarating experience, according to Robyn and Davin Price, both 34, who visited the Werribee Open Range Zoo, in Melbourne, Australia, with their children Ariel, five, Eden, three, and baby Evie.

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Mrs Price said: ‘It was absolutely amazing. You can’t even see the glass is there.’ Her husband added: ‘I’m sure the lions thought our children were their dessert!’
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Amazing 'Invisible' Cage

lion invisible 1

The four passengers in the jeep must feel a whisker away from death as a lion jumps up on to their bonnet for lunch.But that’s all part of the attraction. The jeep is a new zoo exhibit which allows visitors to get incredibly close to the lions.The back part of the vehicle, up to where the windscreen should be, is actually on the outside of the reinforced glass cage. The bonnet is on the inside, and covered with meat to entice the big cats closer.It makes for an exhilarating experience, according to Robyn and Davin Price, both 34, who visited the Werribee Open Range Zoo, in Melbourne, Australia, with their children Ariel, five, Eden, three, and baby Evie.

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Mrs Price said: ‘It was absolutely amazing. You can’t even see the glass is there.’ Her husband added: ‘I’m sure the lions thought our children were their dessert!’
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Are Tigers ‘Brainier’ Than Lions?

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A wide-ranging study of big cat skulls, led by Oxford University scientists, has shown that tigers have bigger brains, relative to their body size, than lions, leopards or jaguars.

The team investigated the relationship between the skull size – the longest length between the front and back parts of the skull – of a large sample of tigers, lions, leopards and jaguars and the volume inside the cats’ respective craniums. The researchers report their findings in this month’s Biological Journal of the Linnean Society.

‘What we had not expected is that the tiger has clearly much bigger relative brain size than do the other three species, which all have similar relative brain sizes,’ said Dr Nobby Yamaguchi of Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), an author of the report with WildCRU Director Professor David Macdonald.
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Lions Invade Hotel Guest’s Perfect Picnic

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Most people worry about ants spoiling their picnic, but for one group of tourists in South Africa, it was a pride of lions that ruined their meal! While preparing to dine at the Tuningi Safari Lodge over the weekend, the guests received a rude awakening as several lions closed in on their food. The diners fled to a safe location and watched as the big cats indulged in their snacks — and booze! “We like our guests to get up close and personal with the animals,” game ranger Grant Marcus reportedly said. “But this was ridiculous!” Luckily, no one was harmed by the lions, but the tourists were probably a little hungry!

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Lions, Tigers And Dogs ???

Stray Pooch Nurses Rejected Cubs

Stray Pooch Nurses Rejected Cubs

Now that’s puppy love! Three lion cubs and one tiger cub are growing healthy and strong today, thanks to a loving stray pooch who stepped in after the babies’ moms rejected them. The first-time mothers, who live at the Hefei Zoo in China’s eastern Anhui province, reportedly didn’t know how to breastfeed, causing them to step away from their mommy duties after their babies were born in late June.According to the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph, the babies were initially reluctant to nurse from the mutt (who’d just finished weaning pups herself), but eventually embraced their new mom. Zoo staff reportedly put dog urine on the fur of the rejected cubs to make the surrogate think she was nursing her own pups, too. She is expected to nurse them for about one month, or until she’s no longer able to produce milk.

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