The Water Bowl: Apes Prefer to Break Bread with Strangers

Bonobos African Apes Share Food with Strangers
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01/04/2013 AT 12:00 PM EST

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The concept of hospitality may not be limited to the human experience. A new experiment discovered bonobos, a type of African ape, share food in a similar manner. When apes were given an option about whether to eat alone or have company, researchers found the animals were more likely to invite another ape to dine with them, and often shared their food with a bonobo they did not recognize as opposed to one they did. –NPR

Newly-launched Catmoji is a social networking site with an interface similar to Pinterest designed strictly for cat lovers who enjoy sharing photos of their feline friends and looking at others's. Founded by Matthew Phiong and Koekoe Loo, "our mission is to make the Internet a better and happier place with cats." –BetaBeat.com

New research suggests when birds hear music, they may have an emotional reaction similar to humans. "We found that the same neural reward system is activated in female birds in the breeding state that are listening to male birdsong, and in people listening to music that they like," Sarah Earp, an Emory undergraduate who co-authored the study with neuroscientist Dr. Donna Maney, said in a statement. –The Mirror



According to a survey conducted by U.K. hotel chain Travelodge, a Persian Chinchilla kitten, a pet python, a micro pig and a bucket of crabs were some of the more unusual items left behind by guests in 2012. Only the kitten, named Porsha and a participant in a cat show, was claimed by her owner. –ABC News

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