Do dogs see in black & white or in colour? Questions you always wanted to ask about animal behaviour!

We all love our animals! In some cultures (and even today!) animals were imbued with almost magical properties and were even worshipped as gods! There are many myths and stories about animals – some of them true and some of them not! We answer some of the most common for you!

1. Do dogs see in black and white or in colour?

ANSWER:
There is a common misconception that dogs are colour blind and can only see in black and white. Recent studies suggest that they do have a limited colour range - they use varying levels of brightness to identify the outlines of objects and select certain items. While human eyes have three cones that detect colour vision and sensitivity, dogs only have two. Where we are able to identify red, blue, green and yellow light, dogs are only able to distinguish blue and yellow, and not red and green. Dogs see best in dimmer light while human vision, on the other hand is optimized to view bright colours. Dogs night vision is also excellent and their ability to detect motion far superior than that of us humans – this makes perfect sense when you consider how they survived in the wild!
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2. How do birds find their way home?


ANSWER:
Ever wondered how birds always find their way home? How do they know which way to fly? Do they ever get lost? Millions of birds make long journeys as they migrate between their winter and summer homes every year – and seldom lose their way! Birds need a map (to them home is north, for example) and compass (to tell them where north is, for example)
According to researchers, there are five main cues which help guide them homes

  • Topographic features which includes the direction of the wind
  • Position of the sun – at a certain time of the day, the bird will know where the sun is and then travels in that direction
  • Stars – birds get a wealth of information from the position of the stars, using the patterns that change constantly throughout the day, the seasons as well as from the northern to southern hemispheres
  • Earth’s magnetic field – The earth’s magnetic field is very strong at the poles, and gradually becomes weaker towards the equator. Birds may be able to identify north-south directions by sensing differences in the strength of the earth’s magnetic field.
  • Odours and wind – Researchers have found that birds use odours and the wind to navigate their way home. Experiments have proven that homing pigeons become disoriented when their sense of smell is impaired or when they don’t have access to natural winds at their home site.

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3. Why do cats always land on their feet?


ANSWER:

Fact or fiction, myth or miracle, it has always amazed and fascinated humans how cats always manage to land on their feet. More often than not, if a cat falls, his body corrects itself so that by the time he hits the ground, he has regained perfect balance. Of course, this does not mean that cats land without hurting themselves or suffering injuries. Understanding feline body mechanics will explain how cats land on their feet. The unique way that a cat’s skeleton is formed allows them to right themselves so quickly – they are born with flexible backbones and 30 vertebrae and this  adds to their suppleness. The bones in their body have more mobility than any other animal. They have free movement of their front legs and can rotate and bend their bodies easily – this enables them to land on their feet.
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4. Is it true that elephants have good memories?


ANSWER:
Have you heard the sayings “A memory like an elephant” or “an elephant never forgets?” Many people often wonder if it is really true. Guess what, it is!
According to researchers, elephants have good memories because they have large brains – the average adult elephant’s brain weighs approximately 5 kg compared to humans who weigh about 1,5 kg. It doesn’t mean if an animal has a big brain, it will be smart. Elephants are however, considered one of the smartest animals, like dolphins and chimpanzees.
Studies of African elephants in the wild, in particular the older, female elephants suggest that they have excellent memories. Referred to as the matriarchs, they lead their herds and remember where they found food and water in the past. It is believed that elephants live so long because they have such good memories. Researchers have also shown that elephants hold grudges against those who have hurt them and remember injuries.

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5. Are dolphins the guardian angels of the sea?


ANSWER:
For centuries, mankind has referred to dolphins as angels of the sea. There have been many accounts where dolphins have helped and saved the lives of humans and other creatures. Dolphins have rescued people from sharks, helped fishermen capture fish, guided sailors through treacherous waters as well as intervened to save whales in distress. It has been documented that dolphins have been rescuing people for over 2000 years.
What makes these highly intelligent marine mammals heroes of the sea? Firstly, they are social animals that live in groups and are known to take care of their babies with love and tenderness. They are also very friendly towards humans, and it therefore makes sense that they will help and protect fellow mammals. Scientists don’t really have any explanation why dolphins would rescue humans but most believe it is because of their sympathetic and empathetic disposition – they really just want to help. What do you think?

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6. Our last question – do animals also have seasonal allergies?


ANSWER:
YES they do! If your dog or cat suffers from itchy skin every summer, they likely have an allergy to fleas, grass or pollen. Start a flea control program today and put your pet on our AllergiClear Pet (prevention) and Allergy Itch Ease (homeopathic itch relief) NOW -  for an itch free summer!
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