Jackal family
Perhaps the most distant ancestors of modern wolves were jackals in prehistoric times, in any case, they were much smaller than they are now. These predators are settled mainly in…

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The smartest dog breeds
Behavioral biologist Frans de Waal argues that people tend to judge animals through the prism of their own ideas about the intellect and are therefore often mistaken. He is absolutely…

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Choosing a pet
Before you start a pet, you must decide on his choice. It is necessary to carefully weigh the pros and cons. This concerns the time that you can devote to…

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Aquarium for beginners. How to choose an aquarium for home
Aquarium is beautiful. But in order to admire the underwater world in your apartment, it is not enough just to go to the store and select the first tank you…

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Examine the glass

Wolves and dogs: degree of kinship between wild and domestic animals

Practically any person will answer where the man’s best friends came from – dogs. These pets certainly descended from the wolf, but at what point was their life course divided and priorities changed? Zoologists and cynologists are more than confident that the characteristics of an animal as a result of artificial selection can change extremely quickly and beyond recognition – by instinct, by character, by exterior. External signs for zoologists mean, for example, a lot – and color, and the length of the muzzle, and the location of the ears, and the shape of the eyes. Breeds of animals – both wild and domestic – are extremely diverse, and therefore the search for canine ancestors without the latest research methods would be futile. Continue reading

Raccoon-poloskun: cheerful clean

Rings on the tail
We often hear, especially from hunters, that raccoons live in our forests. However, with the same success it can be said that lions or tigers live in Central Russia. Because the animal from our forests is not a raccoon, but a raccoon dog, which was once imported from the Far East. There is a definite similarity, but, as they say, “a pig looks like a hedgehog, only the wool is not like that”! A real raccoon is the same relative to a dog, like a cat, that is, in general, no. Consequently, in the European part of Russia the raccoon is not fully inhabited, or rather, and not the raccoon at all, but the abbreviation: those who were too lazy to move their tongues, pronouncing the raccoon dog, reduced it to the first four letters. And she went to write the province, and still writes! Continue reading

Yorkshire Terrier and his education
Yorkshire Terrier is a cute decorative dog. But such a reputation misleads many owners, and they believe that this dog is not needed to be raised and trained. This is…

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Hares
Barely born, the hares, hastily licked by her mother, hurry quickly to her nipples. Having been fed and rested, they soon scatter to the sides and then two, three, even…

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