Keeping monkeys as pets is extraordinarily cruel – a ban is long overdue

By iftttbot

Most people will have seen at least one headline over the last couple of years describing animal attacks on humans. This needn’t include the elephant from a Zimbabwe National Park that trampled a tourist or the Sumatran tiger that killed a keeper who entered his zoo enclosure in Birmingham. from http://theconversation.com/keeping-monkeys-as-pets-is-extraordinarily-cruel-a-ban-is-long-overdue-122278

Dogs’ eyes evolve to appeal to humans

By mcphail

If a dog has eyes that seem to be telling you something or demanding your attention, it could be evolution’s way of manipulating your feelings. Researchers have found that dogs have evolved muscles around their eyes, which allow them to make expressions that particularly appeal to humans. from https://www.bbc.com/news/education-48665618

Once again, a neural net tries to name cats

By mcphail

Last year I trained a neural net to generate new names for kittens, by giving it a list of over 8,000 existing cat names to imitate. from https://aiweirdness.com/post/185339301987/once-again-a-neural-net-tries-to-name-cats

Researchers strapped video cameras on 16 cats and let them do their thing. Here’s what they found

By mcphail

Ever since video cameras became ultraportable, scientists have strapped them onto animals from sheep to sharks to see how they view and interact with the world around them. But relatively little has been done with cats, perhaps because they’re so hard to work with. from https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/05/researchers-strapped-video-cameras-16-cats-and-let-them-do-their-thing-here-s-what-they …because a first post should be a cat post.