Putting off onerous tasks is a well-known human trait, but are any non-human animals guilty of it? I can only think of the grasshopper
in the fable by Aesop, but that is fictional, of course.
posted by dontjumplarry
on Jan 29, 2014 -
The #1 item on my eight year-old son's Christmas list is "AN ACTUAL PENGUIN". Please help me creatively accommodate his request without violating the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew
on Dec 17, 2013 -
I want to estimate the cost of building and running a state of the art animal shelter for dogs and cats. [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri
on Nov 19, 2013 -
The sound of this animal or insect was captured a few nights ago. I live in the Northeast, this was at night and the noisemaker in question was clearly high up in a tree. [more inside]
posted by jeremias
on Oct 12, 2013 -
This question has several parts, so please bear with me while I suss it all out. I have a specific question about inbreeding, and an open ended one about selecting traits in animals in general and honeybees in specific, though anyone familiar with genetics and animal husbandry can help me here. [more inside]
posted by TheTingTangTong
on Sep 5, 2013 -
Gray wolves mate for life, honeybees know the world is round and ducks have corkscrew penises. Tell me more! I'm looking for thoughtful and fascinating introductions to the features, behaviors and "character" of particular species of animal. [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island
on Aug 24, 2013 -
Little daughter and I were watching a birds' nest this morning where four little sparrows were getting fed by their mom (or maybe dad?) Each time the mother bird came back, all four sparrows would screech and open their mouths wide and the mother would give one of them some food.
My question is: how does the mother ensure that each chick gets enough food? I can think of at least two theories: 1. The adult bird has enough working memory to know who got the last bit of food, or even who's gone the longest without food; or 2. Hungrier chicks screech louder and the adult bird gives food to the loudest screecher.
Do we know which of these is right, or whether the real answer is something else entirely?
posted by escabeche
on Aug 16, 2013 -
An animal lover with deep experience in digital marketing needs help turning passion into proffession. [more inside]
posted by ladoo
on Jul 30, 2013 -
What is this thing my cat brought to my porch? http://i.imgur.com/cejZcGe.jpg
It appears to be something between an animal fetus and organ. When I turned it over it looked the same on the other side. There were no visible eyes/mouth/features. It was larger than a quarter and there was no blood present. A possum visits regularly, and the area has many moles, birds, and raccoons.
posted by Locative
on Mar 1, 2013 -
Philosophically, I believe in eating a plant-based vegan diet. In practice, it has proven difficult, as we are so disconnected from the animals that we are consuming. The most difficult for me is giving up dairy. So HiveMind, please help me by recommending books and DVDs on modern -day factory farming , which will reconnect me with the animals I am consuming. I am hoping that by seeing their suffering I will be no longer be able to be complicate in their exploitation. I have Our Daily Bread on DVD, and have Earthlings on hold from the library. I see there is a series on Peta.org, called Meet Your Meat. But, I really want a DVD, I'm not trying to watch stuff on my computer. I have also seen the Got the Facts on Milk documentary, but I really what to have a visual connection between dairy cows and the production of milk, so that when I think of consuming dairy I have an image that would deter me from doing so.
posted by TRUELOTUS
on Dec 21, 2012 -
I'd like to heat up a rock or piece of metal to drop in my chicken's water source to warm it up. What should I use? [more inside]
posted by cda
on Nov 29, 2012 -
Hedgehog owners of MeFi: what are some awesome toys or treats that your spiny kiddo really goes nuts for? [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones
on Nov 4, 2012 -
I have a beautiful, fun and energetic puppy. A Husky cross (we don't know what the other half is, but it must have been small). She loves to play games. Me and my partner alternate working from home during the day. What fun games can we play with her at home, indoors, that don't distract too
much from our work? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on Aug 29, 2012 -
What sort of technologies can help / support the Animal Health pharmaceuticals business? I am not talking about general enterprise technologies such as ERP or SharePoint. I am looking for technologies that can specifically help the Animal health business. For example a technology platform that helps vets gain information about diseases. Any suggestions or thoughts? Any tech that can maybe assist with solving a problem currently faced by Animal Health pharmaceutical business.
posted by r2d2
on Aug 13, 2012 -
Yesterday, I picked up my 18-month-old pit bull-type mix Chance
after three weeks of boarding. His coat is in bad shape in he is shedding unimaginable amounts of hair. What's the best approach to get him healthy again? [more inside]
posted by halogen
on Aug 10, 2012 -
Help me think straight. I was attacked by a loose German Shepherd while out on a walk with my husband and our two small leashed dogs. What should I do next? The owner is in denial and I am concerned for the safety of myself and others. I think that if I threaten a lawsuit I could scare her into building a fence and reinforcing her door. I'm interested in getting her to take action to keep her dog enclosed or to take it to a behaviorist, not trying to win money in a settlement. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on May 19, 2012 -
There is a raccoon nesting in the attic crawlspace above my apartment. It is loud. What is the usual process for removing it, and how can I convince my landlord to be responsible for that process? [more inside]
posted by killdevil
on Apr 15, 2012 -
I'm being forced to visit Disney in September, for two and a half days. The rest of my family will be staying longer, so I get to pick what we do those two and a half days. My son is 5 and this is his first Disney "experience". What the heck do I select? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav
on Apr 9, 2012 -
[Oakland, CA law/ordinance filter] Please help me find full text of laws or ordinances regarding pet licensing in Oakland, California (Alameda County). And is what I'm doing REALLY illegal or is it bureaucratic nonsense? [more inside]
posted by crayon
on Apr 5, 2012 -
After eating lunch at a friends house today I was shocked to see that his dog was chewing on a fleshy dear head found in the woods. Now I'm worried that I could have contracted worms from the dog if it had been chewing on the head before it licked my hand when I arrived. Is there anything I can do early on to prevent infection? I don't want worms in my stomach, brain, or anywhere else!
posted by davidriley
on Apr 4, 2012 -
Am I harming my dog by not walking it every day? And why won't she play with her ball anymore? [more inside]
posted by kanata
on Dec 7, 2011 -
Human or what? Kids found a box of bones (photo). Here's a photo
Sure you advise us to go to the police, but really .. any chance these are human ?
posted by Xhris
on Nov 29, 2011 -
Please help me find examples of animals or creatures of different types that work together toward a shared goal. I'm trying to use it to illustrate the principle that a group working together can succeed more quickly or get farther than individuals working alone. [more inside]
posted by slo
on Oct 12, 2011 -
What are the main differences between a Birman and a Ragdoll cat?
We are looking for a nice family cat and we have a seven year old. We are looking for a breed that has blue eyes, and is warm and affectioniate like a dog. I have heard that Ragdoll's tend to get really big, that is one thing I'm not sure we want. Any experiences you guys have would be appreciated.
posted by lynnie-the-pooh
on Jul 12, 2011 -
A friend of mine came across this
wild tortoise on the road, outside Querétaro, México. She took it to the vet, who patched her up, sowed up the bits that needed sowing and put most of the shell back together, sans a couple of pieces. It's about 10 inches long.
She's going to have to take care of it until it's well enough to go back to the wild and has no clue how to go about it.
Off the top of her head, she'd like to know:
¿What should it eat? ¿Should she place it outside in the garden or in the house? ¿Sun or shade? ¿Water, earth, or both? ¿Will the Labrador retriever be a problem? ¿Should her trio of rambunctious kids be kept away?
Any other interesting fact or recommendation you can share will be most welcome, and will surely net you a beer on your next visit.
posted by Cobalt
on Jul 2, 2011 -
Where can I find someone that I can pay to do a custom drawing of an imaginary animal for me? [more inside]
posted by althanis
on Jun 29, 2011 -
I've got about two acres of grass in the country, and I'm considering getting a critter or two to eat the grass so that I don't have to mow it.
Does anybody have any recommendations for animals that make good lawn mowers?
Bonus points if I can eat the animals in the fall and replace them in the spring, and even more points if they're low maintenance. I don't mind supplementing their diet.
posted by Stagger Lee
on Jun 27, 2011 -
I want to learn more about the animal rights issue in Australia in the context of animals being raised for slaughter. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by vidur
on Jun 14, 2011 -
A dog bit our son. How do we keep this one bad experience from turning into a lifelong fear of dogs? [more inside]
posted by scrump
on Mar 10, 2011 -