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Big Birds Can’t Fly

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When most people think of birds, what common attributes typically come to mind? Many will cite a bird’s ability to fly, sing and use its feathered wings to take flight. So it may seem a bit strange that included in the more than 10,000 species of birds in the world today is a group that […]

Pets: Wild at Heart

For Dogs, It’s Love at First Sniff

Dogs can pick up on many odors that humans can’t detect. That’s because a dog has around 300 million smell receptors in its nose, while humans only have about 6 million. This powerful sense of smell plays important role in finding a mate.

Pets: Wild at Heart

The Parakeet’s Superior Senses

The budgerigar, known in the U.S. by the generic name “parakeet”, can see and feel things that humans can’t.

Pets: Wild at Heart

Kittens Practice Hunting Skills

Domestic cats are derived from a wild African species that moved in with humans some 10,000 years ago. Although they no longer have to hunt their own food, even as kittens, they display a number of traits that make them effective killers.

Big Birds Can’t Fly

Cheetahs Chase Down Ostrich

Ostriches can run at speeds of up to 43 miles per hour, but they are no match for the cheetah, which tops out at 75 miles per hour.

Big Birds Can’t Fly

Big Birds in Perspective

Ratites are a group of mostly flightless birds that come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes. The name ratite derives from the word Latin word ratis or raft, referring to their flat breast bones that lack the sharp keel found in flying birds. The largest and most famous species living today is the […]