Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal by Zach Weinersmith for November 11, 2014

  1. Idano
    Ida No  about 9 years ago

    You know, I just realized something. The reason that humans will often try to pet wild animals, and then act surprised at being bitten or mauled, is that humans can’t smell fear! I for one, right now, can tell that this lemur reeks.

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    emptc12  about 9 years ago

    Gee, Zach. You bring up so many things I’ve wondered over the years..In humans, there are toothy smiles, grins, and grimaces, and gritting your teeth in anger or frustration or triumph . It must be confusing to animals that use their teeth for aggressive display, for sure.. I used to try being friendly with dogs, getting up close and talking to them, and often was nipped. Do that to a wild baboon or chimp, and you’re asking for big trouble.. What do most animals have other than such body language and subtle scents? Animals pick up and respond to humans unconsciously communicating that way, and we misinterpret it , as in the case of Clever Hans, the “mathematical” horse. .Some animals will lower temporarily their natural caution barriers to put up with us as long as we give them food. But even “tame” animals have irresistible trigger points. Kids are often astonished that wild animals aren’t like Disney animals.

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  3. Ted4th
    seismic-2 Premium Member about 9 years ago

    I love the expression on the dormouse lemur! (I feel confident that is a sentence I have never before typed in my life.)

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