Becoming a Tiger: How Baby Animals Learn to Live in the Wild by Susan McCarthy

By Susan McCarthy

From the co–author of the hot York instances bestseller whilst Elephants Weep comes a booklet that makes use of precise tales sponsored by way of clinical examine to discover the way in which younger animals become aware of their worlds and how to live to tell the tale. How does a toddler animal work out tips on how to get round on the planet? How a lot of what animals recognize is instinctive, and what sort of needs to they research? In changing into a Tiger, bestselling writer Susan McCarthy addresses those exciting concerns, proposing interesting and humorous examples of animal behaviour within the laboratory and within the wild. McCarthy indicates us how child animals remodel themselves from clueless kittens, clumsy cubs, or scrawny chicks into effective predators, profitable foragers, or deft nest–builders. From ducks to mice, dolphins to orang–utans, bats to (of direction) tigers, McCarthy's hot, a laugh, and insightful examinations of animal lifestyles and advancements presents a shocking window into the psychological worlds of our tremendous fuzzy, furred, finned, and feathered acquaintances. oReaders may be enthusiastic about an in depth examine animal intelligence, studying, and relatives existence.

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When you emulate someone, you don’t copy them exactly, but you try to achieve the same result they have achieved. Such a process is also called program-level imitation. After all, what’s so great about imitation? Researchers working with dogs write that “social learning in nature does not usually involve the exact copying of the demonstrator’s behaviour. ” Is that so dumb? Unless you’re completely without a clue as to how the demonstrator did it, you’re likely to do quite well. You may do better.

Have some more apples! The red pandas were very fond of apples, and this struck them as a good deal. Their cubs were on hand during the procedure, since separating mothers from cubs would be stressful. When the female cubs were mature, the keepers planned to train them to accept the vaginal swabbing procedure as the 22 - B E CO M I N G A T I G ER mothers had been trained, but it turned out to be unnecessary. The cubs knew all about it and cheerfully bellied up to the bowl of apples, ready for their swabs.

The squirrel children attacked the nuts with enthusiasm and learned how to gnaw them open. At first they gnawed randomly all over the nut, but gradually they became more purposeful and skilled. The expert squirrel had a distinctive method, beginning at a certain point on the stem end of the nut, and gnawing along the main axis until he could get at the seed on each side of the internal septum. It took this expert about 23 minutes per nut. After the first group had been allowed to observe the expert for six weeks, he was moved so the second group could watch.

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