BBC video here. Aaah. But more seriously, albinoism occurs regularly in (to my knowledge) all mammals. Is it the same gene that is mutated each time? Why do albinos have visual problems?
(NB see other posts on albinism – they update this story)
Does what it says on the tin! BBC news video – may not play outside UK.
Some of you may remember the Gay Penguin business in Berlin Zoo a while back. This is a piece about a pair of male flamingos who have adopted an egg. Ahhh. Anybody seriously interested in the wide variety of sexual behaviour in the animal kingdom should read Bruce Bagemihl’s book “Animal Exuberance”, which is in the library. However, I recommend only the first half, which is a review. The second part, which is a “theoretical” interpretation, seemed a bit barmy to me.
An excellent picture of a brown hare mother (Lepus europaeus) suckling. NB rabbits also have very brief suckling durations (around 3 minutes a DAY – yes, that figure is correct). That means that rabbit pups have to find the nipple very quickly. There’s a key pheromone involved in this, helping to guide the pup to the nipple. More info in my Final Level course on Chemical Communication in Animals.
Soppy BBC video of a mother cat from Jordan which has taken a (nice) fancy to some rather oddly-coloured chicks. How might this work – what neurona/hormonal/higher-level processes are involved in turning a hunter into a mother? Why ARE the chicks coloured? (May not work outside UK)