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Questions tagged [zoology]

Use this tag for questions involving animal biology; evolution, ecology, physiology, behavior, genetics, and marine biology.

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Is it bad for an elephant’s back to carry a human?

Lots of sites warn you not to ride elephants as they are often treated poorly and don't have freedom (1,2). But these sites also mention that it’s bad for the back of an elephant. With some ...
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Do European deer still stick to their sides of the Iron Curtain?

I found such a claim in an article here: http://nowiknow.com/the-thin-red-deer-line/ But that was a long time ago, especially if you’re a deer — they only live about ten or so years in the wild. ...
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Are spiders unable to hurt humans, especially very small spiders?

In an episode of Peppa Pig, one of the characters says that spiders are very very small, and that they can’t hurt you. Broadcasters in Australia have avoided broadcasting the episode involved, ...
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Is bread bad for ducks?

This image has being going around (e.g. Facebook with a message attributed to The Friends of Bushy and Home Parks: Transcript: Please don't kill us with bread! Bread is actually a danger to ...
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Do a diver and a clownfish share a 10 year friendship?

A YouTube video from The Dodo, called Clownfish Named Nemo Has 10-Year Friendship with This Diver shows footage of a New Caledonian scuba diver, Marino, who claims to have a special relationship with ...
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Do Japanese crows use traffic to crack nutshells?

In a BBC article, its contended that: In a Japanese city, carrion crows have discovered how to eat nuts that they usually find too hard to tackle. One method is to drop the nuts from height on ...
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Will koalas eat pre-plucked eucalyptus leaves?

Various sources online (including a frequent copy-pasta disparaging the animal) claim that koalas will not recognize eucalyptus leaves as food if they are cleanly laid out on a table in front of them, ...
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Is there as significant danger to frequent close contact with a pet dog? [closed]

An article in the National Geographic here talks of the dangers of dog licks. On the other hand, this NYT article states that dog owners tend to live longer and healthier than non-pet owners. Is it ...
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Do fireworks kills birds, dogs and other animals?

Diwali is a Hindu festival of lights, celebrated with fireworks. My closest friend on Facebook shared this picture on my wall: Happy Diwali Thousands of birds, dogs & other animals ...
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Have we wiped out 60% of vertebrate populations since 1970?

According to The Guardian (reporting an analysis by WWF) humanity stands on the verge of an ecological catastrophe as: Humanity has wiped out 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles since 1970, ...
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If cows were a country, would they rank 3rd in greenhouse gas emissions?

According to GatesNotes.com: If all the cattle in the world joined together to start their own country, they would rank behind only China and the United States in greenhouse gas emissions. But they’...
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Do lobsters get stoned with marijuana?

It's all over the news. A restaurateur from Maine wants to smoke lobsters with cannabis before boiling them to make their death more humane. The cynic in me says that she's smoking them for flavor ...
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Can Male Giraffes Breed at 18 Years of Age?

From the NY Times Article detailing a big game hunter's kill of an 18 year-old giraffe, the hunter Tess Thompson Talley reportedly claims in an email to news organizations that an 18 year old giraffe ...
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Can Rambo, the German shepherd, follow written commands?

An article on The Laughing Squid shows a German shepherd seemingly following written commands. An impressively intelligent German shepherd named Rambo, who’s learning how to read with the help of ...
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Can a 7-Hz tone kill chickens via resonance?

In the Sound function section of the Turbo C Version 2.0 Reference Guide 1988 I found the following comment. /* Emits a 7-Hz tone for 10 seconds. True story: 7 Hz is the resonant frequency of a ...
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Have badgers eaten coyotes?

Wikipedia claims that badgers sometimes eat coyotes: In North America, coyotes sometimes eat badgers and vice versa, but the majority of their interactions seem to be mutual or neutral.[19] ...
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Are raptors in Australia intentionally spreading brush fires to smoke out prey?

Articles have been popping up with headlines like the Daily Mail's "Birds of prey are starting fires DELIBERATELY: Kites and Falcons are 'intentionally dropping smouldering twigs' to smoke out mice ...
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Do elephants see humans the same way humans see puppies?

This tweet and others like it have been making the rounds lately: Julia‏ @JuliaHass I just learned that elephants think humans are cute the way humans think puppies are cute (the same part of ...
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Can venomous snakes be determined by these pupil, nostril and scale patterns?

This image was recently shared by an Australian Facebook friend: The source appears to be a Facebook post of a man from India with a staggering 380,000 shares from around the world! There are ...
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Is it illegal to own a rabbit in Queensland unless you're a magician?

From all that is interesting How Bunny Rabbits Took Over Australia — And What The Government Is Doing About It In Queensland, Australia, it’s illegal to own a pet rabbit unless you’re a magician. ...
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Do apes/monkeys open bananas from the floral end?

I often hear people lecturing about how to open a banana from the "right" end, including an explanation that this is how monkeys do it. A quick search in the internet offers a lot of examples (for ...
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Do squirrels fed by humans develop cancer and heart disease?

In Michael P Ghiglieri and Thomas M. Myers's book Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon (a chronicle of deaths in the Grand Canyon by a biologist and a medical doctor), in the section about squirrels ...
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Are cheap scallops made from flounders or stingrays?

Jaws the book (1974) claimed that if you use a cookie cutter to punch holes from flounder wings, you can create fake scallops and that these are commonly sold in restaurants: 'I was just looking at ...
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Are Common House Geckos poisonous?

The Common House Gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus) is a South-East Asian lizard. In some parts of India, there are various beliefs about the them, or their urine, being toxic to eat. Wikipedia describes ...
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Can Master Kanzawa make animals sleep at a distance?

As seen here and other places, like Stan Lee’s Superhumans, Master Kanzawa claims to be able to put animals to sleep at a distance by exchanging "chi energy". I am doubful this is true, since Chi ...
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Does TNVR work to reduce cat populations?

On a social website, our neighborhood is having a bit of a debate about local "wild" cat populations. In essence, "wild" cat populations consist of both feral and not-feral but not-homed cats in a ...
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Does the Assisi loop heal injuries?

The Assisi loop uses "Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy" to treat inflammation in animals. This seems like a bunch of woo. Does this work?
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Do cats avoid water when it is placed near food?

This tumblr post makes the interesting claim that if a cat's water is placed near its food, the cat will consider the water to be unsafe to drink, and that cats will be more inclined to drink it if it ...
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Do bears get a taste for human flesh?

I'm sure I've heard similar stories regarding dogs and even hamsters, but in this Guardian story a vet says: Takeshi Komatsu, a local vet, said it was possible that the four were killed by the same ...
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Someone told me elephants can be mean to each other. Are they? [closed]

I was told that elephant in a herd can be mean to each other. Are elephants known to be mean to each other?
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Do dogs tend to distrust men with beards?

I have heard that dogs are often less friendly and generally less trusting of men with beards. Today as I walked past a dog and its owner on the way to my apartment, the dog growled at me; this made ...
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Does the gorilla, Koko, have an IQ in the range 70-95?

Koko is a western lowland gorilla kept in San Francisco. There are many claims about her IQ. For example: She was given IQ tests several times when she was younger and scored between 70 and 95, ...
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Do cheetahs die after sprinting for 30 seconds?

I heard that cheetahs, after sprinting for 30 seconds, will start to have their brain cells melt. Is that true?
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Is there an anti-masturbation dolphin mascot named Fappy who was arrested for public masturbation at Sea World?

Christian Anti-Masturbation’s Mascot “Fappy” Arrested For Public Masturbation While Swimming Naked With The Dolphins At Sea World In San Diego From his Facebook page, he seems to be a stand-up comic, ...
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Does lavender repel moths?

On Wikipedia, it is said that Dried and sealed in pouches, lavender flowers are placed among stored items of clothing to give a fresh fragrance and to deter moths. I know many people do it. Has ...
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Were beavers once classified as fish for religious reasons?

Starting from a comment on this ELL question, it appears to be a fairly common internet fact. The most famous case involving beavers began when Francois de Laval, the first Bishop of Quebec, ...
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Are booster shots for pets required annually to maintain rabies immunity?

There are highly varied state laws and international laws regarding rabies vaccinations for pets - particularly regarding how frequently booster shots are required. This article in the NBC news ...
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Is a giant wolffish the result of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident?

Is a large wolffish the result of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident? Yahoo News in Is This Giant Mutant Wolffish A Result Of The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster? states that some, unnamed, people ...
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Do roosters let hens eat first?

I recently saw this Reddit comment claiming that roosters are seen as gallant because they let their hens eat first: In France, the Rooster is seen as a symbol of gallantry. This is because, (...
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Are dogs excellent wingmen?

I was just watching the Youtube video The Science of DOGS by the channel AsapSCIENCE. It was a pretty interesting video, but something that really stuck out to me was said in the first 10 seconds of ...
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Has someone been killed or injured by being 'struck by a turtle'? [closed]

Sources, such as the Walked Into a Lamppost? Hurt While Crocheting? Help Is on the Way in the Wall Street Journal, say that there is a medicare code in NC for being 'stuck by a turtle'. I couldn't ...
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Does dyeing elephant tusks help discourage poachers?

Recently, I've often seen this image claiming that some people are dying elephant tusks to prevent individuals from hunting them. Has this actually been done? Is it common? Initially, this seemed a ...
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Do prairie dogs die when they eat bubblegum?

There are many sources on the internet which claim that prairie dogs can be exterminated using bubblegum: Source 1: prairie dogs are handled with poison or bazooka joe bubble gum, of which the ...
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Do yaks get shaved?

Many programmers have heard of the phrase yak shaving. In real life, do yaks literally get shaved? This answer to a question about shaving dogs has someone claiming that yaks do get shaved: ...
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Is the Earth experiencing another mass extinction event?

I have heard that Earth is experiencing another mass extinction event, with many species going extinct at a rate comparable to Earth's many other past extinction events. This has been reported in ...
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Is tickling a form of torture for slow lorises?

The campaign Tickling is Torture by international animal rescue campaigns against people keeping slow lorises as pets (for very good reasons). One claim they make however is that tickling is torture ...
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Did cats evolve meowing in order to manipulate humans? [closed]

My girlfriend told me last night that cats evolved meowing specifically in order to mimic the sound of a baby's crying to get us to feed them and so forth. Considering the meme of throwing shoes at ...
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Can tortoises become deformed by growing up inside rings of plastic?

I found these images on this image aggregator, which states that the photo credit is unknown for both images. The tortoises are implied to have become deformed from growing up inside the rings of ...
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Can a wasp ingest and use a snake's venom?

Some people claim that if one comes across a dead venomous snake one should always cut of and bury the head as otherwise wasps could reach the venom and add it to their own stinger, for example this ...
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Has it ever rained fish?

There have been several reports of "raining fish" where fish fall from the sky (usually during a rain storm). An example such as this 2010 video from National Geographic seems unlikely at best. Has ...