When Byron and Melissa Thanarayen found their dogs at home with wet heads, they assumed the canines had simply made a mess at the water bowl. But when they checked their security footage, they got a surprise.
The video showed their senior toy Pomeranian, Chucky, walking along the edge of the backyard pool before he fell into the water. The 13-year-old dog immediately panicked, swimming to different sides of the pool as he tried desperately to escape.
Jessie spent over 30 minutes trying to save her big brother before she got a good grip and pulled him to safety. She even used her paw to move Chucky away from the edge of the pool.
The video then shows Chucky and Jessie happily running off into the sunny yard together after their stressful ordeal.
The Thanarayens are grateful for their heroic girl, knowing that Chucky might not have made it out of the pool alive without Jessie. They say their dogs have been trained to swim but they’re going to buy a pool cover to keep them safer in the future.
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A fearless terrapin is seen aggressively defending its waterhole from two lions
Footage was captured by Reggi Barreto, 30, in Greater Kruger Park, South Africa
The safari guide said the terrapin behaviour was ‘surprising’ and ‘incredibly rare’
A territorial terrapin has been captured showing two lions who is boss as it aggressively shoos them away from its waterhole.
In the video the tiny animal is seen spooking the male and female lions by popping up in the water inches from their noses and charging towards them as they try to quench their thirst in Greater Kruger Park, South Africa.
The unusual footage was captured by safari guide, Reggi Barreto, 30, while on safari with a private guest near the Sand River in the MalaMala Private Game Reserve.
Mr Barreto said: ‘There were plenty of elephants and general game along the way as we headed into the area where the lions were.
‘I knew the lions would look for water to drink and we positioned ourselves in the perfect spot with the sunlight in our favour, ready for the sighting.
‘What came next we did not expect – I was pleasantly surprised when the terrapin came out of the wallow towards the male and then the lioness.’
The guide said that although the lions were mildly annoyed by the small reptile the lion and lioness continued to drink from the fresh waterhole until satisfied.
Despite both lions having blood on their chins from recently hunting a zebra foal the terrapin seemingly had no fear as it popped up just inches from the predators’ mouths. In the video the tiny animal is seen spooking the male and female lions by popping up in the water inches from their noses in Greater Kruger Park, South Africa The incredible footage was captured by safari guide, Reggi Barreto, 30, while on safari with a private guest near the Sand River in the MalaMala Private Game Reserve The small terrapin is seen pushing against the lion as it tries to drink the freshwater The lion is slightly deterred by the small reptile but continues to drink as it pops up around him The terrapin is seen rising from the water, almost touching the nose of the lionessMr Barreto believes the animal was attracted by the blood on the noses of the lions
Mr Barreto added: ‘Both lions drank their fill despite the interruptions from the terrapin and then headed back closer to the zebra foal to lay down, as it was a very humid day.’
‘It was an incredibly rare sighting for me to film – watching the terrapin approach the lions that had blood on their chins from the zebra. It seems as though the terrapin was actually more interested in getting some of that blood, as opposed to ‘chasing the lions away’.
Mr Barreto said that capturing the right moment ‘is all about understanding animal behaviour and predicting what they will do next.’
He added: ‘It requires plenty of patience searching for animals and spending time with them to see how the sighting will pan out.’
Pigs can play video games, scientists have found, after putting four fun-loving swine to the test.
Four pigs – Hamlet, Omelette, Ebony and Ivory – were trained to use an arcade-style joystick to steer an on-screen cursor into walls.
Researchers said the fact that the pigs understood the connection between the stick and the game “is no small feat”.
And the pigs even continued playing when the food reward dispenser broke – apparently for the social contact.
Usually, the pigs would be given a food pellet for “winning” the game level. But during testing, it broke – and they kept clearing the game levels when encouraged by some of the researchers’ kind words.
“This sort of study is important because, as with any sentient beings, how we interact with pigs and what we do to them impacts and matters to them,” lead author Dr Candace Croney said.
The research team also thought that the fact the pigs could play video games at all – since they are far-sighted animals with no hands or thumbs – was “remarkable”.ADVERTISEMENTnullnull
But it was not easy for them.
Out of the two Yorkshire pigs, Hamlet, was better at the game than Omelette, but both struggled when it got harder – hitting the single target just under half the time.
The Panepinto micro pigs had a bigger gamer skill gap – while Ivory was able to hit one-wall targets 76% of the time, Ebony could only do it 34% of the time.
But the researchers were still satisfied that the attempts were deliberate and focused, rather than random – what they called “above chance”.
That means that “to some extent, all acquired the association between the joystick and cursor movement”.
Kate Daniels, from Willow Farm in Worcestershire, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that while the scientists might have been impressed, “I don’t think this will come as a surprise to anyone that works with pigs”.
She added: “They’re not playing Minecraft – but that they can manipulate a situation to get a reward is no surprise at all.”
She paraphrased a quote often attributed to Winston Churchill: “Dogs look up to you, cats look down on you, and pigs look you right in the eye.”
She added: “When you look a pig right in the eye, you can tell there’s intelligence there.”
Still, pigs are no match for humans when playing games – or even less intelligent primates.
The same kind of experiment has been tried with chimpanzees and monkeys, who have the advantage of opposable thumbs, and were able to meet much higher requirements from researchers.
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