Dog Pups’ Attractiveness to Humans Peaks at Weaning Age
Contributor(s):: Chersini, Nadine, Hall, Nathan J., Wynne, Clive D. L.
The domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris) is characterized by greatly reduced parenting investment compared with the wild type wolf (C. l. lupus) from which it is descended. Unlike wolf pups, which are reared by both parents into their second year of life, dog pups are abandoned by their mother...
Responses by wild house mice (Mus musculus) to various stimuli in a novel environment
Contributor(s):: Witmer, Gary W., Snow, Nathan P., Moulton, Rachael S.
House mice (Mus musculus) pose a threat to the native flora and fauna on islands, and can cause significant damage wherever they have been introduced. Methods used to eradicate invasive rodents, like house mice, at high population densities may not be appropriate for intercepting them at lower...
Conspecific attraction in invasive wild house mice: Effects of strain, sex and diet
Contributor(s):: Shapira, Idan, Brunton, Dianne, Shanas, Uri, Raubenheimer, David
Invasive rodents pose major concerns for human health, agriculture and conservation. House mice Mus musculus are one of the most formidable invasive rodents, and require intensive efforts for their control. Control measures rely largely on food baits but difficulties in the eradication of mouse...
Here's Why Your Dog Might Not Be As Cute As You Think
Contributor(s):: Harold Herzog
I always thought our yellow lab Tsali was the cutest dog in our neighborhood. But a study by Pauleen Bennett's Australian Anthrozoology Research Group at La Trobe University has given me second thoughts. The lead author of the study was Pinar Thorn. The researchers investigated attachment to...
What's in a Name? Effect of Breed Perceptions & Labeling on Attractiveness, Adoptions & Length of Stay for Pit-Bull-Type Dogs
Contributor(s):: Lisa M. Gunter, Rebecca T. Barber, Clive D. L. Wynne
Previous research has indicated that certain breeds of dogs stay longer in shelters than others. However, exactly how breed perception and identification influences potential adopters' decisions remains unclear. Current dog breed identification practices in animal shelters are often based...
Grass management regimes affect grasshopper availability and subsequently American crow activity at airports
Contributor(s):: Kennedy, Laura A., Otter, Ken A.
Cross-Cultural Agreement in Perception of Animal Beauty: Boid Snakes Viewed by People from Five Continents
Contributor(s):: Frynta, Daniel, Maresova, Jana, Rehakova-Petru, Milada, Skliba, Jan, Sumbera, Radim, Krasa, Antonin
Wildlife value orientations in Thailand: Preliminary findings
Contributor(s):: Tanakanjana, Noppawan, Saranet, Saowanee
This article presents the results from a preliminary study of wildlife value orientations in Thailand. Seventy semi-structured interviews were conducted. The study found eight wildlife value orientations (WVOs) including Materialism, Mutualism, Caring, Symbolism, Attraction, Repulsion, Concern...
Increasing trend of damaging bird strikes with aircraft outside the airport boundary: implications for mitigation measures
Contributor(s):: Dolbeer, R. A.
Making Wildlife Viewable: Habituation and Attraction
Contributor(s):: Knight, J.
Do pigs find a familiar odourant attractive in novel surroundings?
Contributor(s):: Jones, J. B., Wathes, C. M., White, R. P., Jones, R. B.
Sixty-four Duroc x Landrace pigs (Sus scrofa) of both sexes were reared from birth to 6 weeks of age in either fresh air or an atmosphere containing an artificial odourant (Ambi-Pur). Their behavioural responses to a novel environment (a modified open field) were then observed over 1 h when the...
Female voice frequency in the context of dominance and attractiveness perception
Contributor(s):: Borkowska, Barbara, Pawlowski, Boguslaw
Physical attractiveness of an animal species as a decision factor for its preservation
Contributor(s):: Gunnthorsdottir, A.
This experimental study examines how framing an animal species as endangered affects its perceived attractiveness and how an animal's perceived attractiveness affects support for its conservation. Undergraduate students were shown a flyer from a fictitious environmental organization pleading for...