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Companion Vs. Other Animals
Comments by Laurie Ulrich Fuller - 6 Aug 2007

I'm sorry, your question and/or interest in cockatoos simply reminded me of crows and their intelligence, which includes playfulness and being highly social, which is very much like dolphins, come to think of it. I didn't mean to distract from your question, though, and assumed someone else would offer the information you sought. My posting was for general interest, spurred by your question, but intended for everyone.

The crow video I gave the link to was done at Cornell, by the way, and Dr. Kevin McGowan, who is considered one of the world's experts on crows, has a website people might find interesting:

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/crows/crowfaq.htm 

 I find it useful to introduce meat-eaters to information about the intelligence of unlikely animals - by "unlikely" I mean those that people take for granted or cast off as "pests" or "common". It helps to generate conversations and thought about the intelligence and value of all animals, and then to a discussion of the value of all creatures, regardless of their being "as smart as" some other creature or as smart as we allegedly are.

Laurie

Laurie Ulrich Fuller
www.freedomforanimals.org

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