According to researchers at Cornell University, parrots are named by their parents — and not their pirate.
Scientists had already observed dolphins, crows, primates and parrots have unique calls when they want the attention of specific members of their groups. But they wanted to know how our animal friends got their names. Do they name themselves? Are they named after a defining characteristic (like Joe form work with the big ass you call bigass Joe)??
After careful observations the Cornellians figured out it's the proud parrot parents who gave each chick its name.
Much like a human, the adult parrot will choose a name for its young soon after it's born. Each parrot, though, may tweak its own signature call as it grows older, elongating a whistle here or shortening a chirp there, essentially giving itself a nickname.
It makes sense, they are the only English speaking animal. LOL.
Run's House star Reverend Run Simmons left his mansion to visit the Cheetah Run at Busch Gardens in Tampa, last week.
Simmons and his family spent time gazing at the amazingly fast felines who were cooling down with frozen treats at their new habitat, which opened this spring.
Later, the family's littlest members had fun meeting Sesame Street characters while the Reverend's son, Russy, and his pal Brandon Boles, took on the fierce new triple launch rollercoaster, Cheetah Hunt.
The purdy kitties weren't the only animals the Rev got up close and personal with.
"Gangsta monkey," he Tweeted with a photo of one very laid back primate.
"This animal here is relaxed alllllll the way chillin."
Sooty mangabeys (yep, real name) are a monkey species found on the western coast of central Africa who's unique immunity to SIV, a relative of HIV, has intrigued medical researchers for decades.
Now we know just how their immunity works.
Sooty mangabeys are able to avoid the chain of events that cause the immune system to break down, thanks to a unique type of T cell called a central memory T cell.
These sooty mangabeys might well offer a new way to help cope humans cope with HIV infection and avoid AIDS.
The key will be better understanding the mechanisms of their central memory T cells and figuring out how they avoid activating CCR5, which is the main reason why their immune systems are able to survive these infections essentially intact.