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Polish Army Trains Dogs To String Phone Lines
Modern warfare may be becoming more and more mechanized, with tanks replacing cavalry and trucks doing the work of mules, but Polish Army authorities are now busily training corps of dogs for military duty. The war dogs are taught not only to carry messages and emergency supplies of food and ammunition, but also to haul reels of wire for stringing field-telephone lines.
They hiss and they slither, but they pose less of a threat to our lives thancars or ovens. So why do snakes set off more clinical fears and phobias than knives and guns?
Here’s one scientific theory: Humans and other primates are predisposed to acquire fears of critters that once threatened our ancestors’ lives.
Psychologist Susan Mineka. of Northwestern University contends that we have a predisposition to such memories” because our ancestors once had to face snakes, certainly more so than, say, ovens. Because they survived, those who rapidly acquired the fear were most favored in natural
Mineka, along with University of Wisconsin psychologist Michael Cook, put the theory to a test in six rhesus monkeys. Reared in the lab, the animals had no prior exposure to snakes. The psychologists showed a videotape of wild-reared monkeys reacting with horror to snakes. Within 24 minutes, the lab monkeys acquired a fear of snakes.
he psychologists then edited fake flowers, a toy snake, a toy rabbit, and a toy crocodile into the video. Tests later showed that after 40 to 60 seconds of exposure to each object, the monkeys feared only the toy snakes and crocodiles. Of the four objects, only snakes and crocodiles preyed on our ancestors. Coincidence?
Meanwhile, the search for evidence continues. The next time snakes inhabit your nightmares, ask whether it’s that viper horror you watched, or are you just connecting with the fears of your forefathers.
The Snow cat is a cross between a Silver Persian and a Somali. The Somali is an Abyssinian cat with long hair. see the Somali cat. Persian cats are either bred to an extremely flat face (the Persian that competes at cat shows) or are a Traditional Doll Face Persian (click here too see a fantastic white Doll Face Persian called Yeri). People prefer the traditional look as far as I can tell or at least the poll on this page says that.
An example of a Silver Persian cat of the traditional kind can be seen here: Chinchilla Persian cat. We know what the parents of the Alaskan Snow cat might look like (if you’ve clicked on the links), so we might be able to guess what this experimental breed might look like. The target is a Somali type cat with the heavy (the CFA Persian breed standard calls it “massive”) rounded head and heavier bones of the Ultra Persian.