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what a load of bullshit
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Dog intelligence is tricky because other breed traits interfere.

Labs aren't particularly bright but are very willing to learn. Praise from their owner is all they need.

Huskies and shibas are very good at problem solving but don't give a shit about pleasing you. If training isn't fun, they won't do it, if they get nothing out of a command, they'll ignore you until you find a way to bribe them.

Herding breeds usually top the list because they have the right combination problem solving skills and desire to please. Things that are required for the breed to do their jobs.
>46 Australian Shepherd

Is this true? Why can they do so many cool tricks on youtube then?
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>Golden Labs and Poopillions in the top 10

with a solid foundation of contact training your dog can understand in one or two tries for sure.

My dog does, but he is still stupid, because he is a dog. Hes not even smart for a non human mammal.
This list categorizes dogs based on obedience more than intelligence. I own a Canaan and a Golden Retriever and I can say without a doubt that the Canaan is better at problem solving. If my Retriever encounters a problem she can't handle she'll just bark at us to help her. That being said, the Canaan isn't offleash reliable for shit, doesn't do first time commands unless I have a treat in my hand, and is overall useless in any type of dog job except maybe property protection and even then you won't be able to reliably train him to allow permitted strangers on the property.

Seriously though that dog taught me never to take dog genetic manipulation for granted.

>Oh no poor turtle!
>*chomps on burger*
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It's the most ancient sport
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>SIX (6)
>not sport fucking
>having to hunt in order to survive = doing it for fun
in this case, running is the most ancient sport dumbass
cows are gay

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If evolution's real why the fuck do crabs walk sideways?
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it confuses it's enemies
I wish I was a crab
Because the ancient crab societies we're based around American football. The most successful Anerican Football crabs were the ones that got the good food and had offspring. Overtime crabs evolved so that they would walk sideways and be able to step the fuck outta other crabs in order to breed and carry on the good crab bloodlines. Duh
I don't know the reason, but obviously crabs that started walking sideways were more likely to breed and pass down their genes.
>it confuses it's enemies
and its friends

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Why did he do that?

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I knew deer had shitty survival instincts but damn.
>That "bye." at the end
Kek, I know we have become pretty meek and domesticated now, but this is like trying to mate with a female wolf or leopard.
Talk about maladaptive behavior.
>Be Muslim deer
He went buckwild

Ratfags get rekt. Just admit that your "pets" are meant for other animals to eat. They serve no purpose in nature except to be munched on.

ITT: post pics and vids of nature naiching on rats. Munching on mice also welcome.

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Is there a certain population limit where hamsters say eff it and become social? They keep large numbers together in pet stores and everyone's always snuggled up and bff's.
afaik some dwarf hamsters can be kept together if they were introduced at a young age.
I don't know, I think the "it's natural" argument doesn't really hold any weight when captive-bred rodents are being feed to a snake that lives a glass box with artificial heat that was likely captive-bred itself to begin with. There's nothing natural about that. IMO, live feeding should be avoided as much as possible unless your snake won't eat frozen both for the snake's safety and because there's no benefits to the snake to eat live prey.
I guess rodents don't like steam baths as this asian pedo and his young lover demonstrate->
no no u sik fuk, nature vs rodents. constrictors are boring venom is more interesting to watch. but in this video the snake swallows a mouse live. https://youtu.be/4q31x5PkBE4

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What's the best dog breed to own for getting laid?
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Don't get a dog just to get laid, fuck you. Dogs are not just wingmans. Also again, fuck you. You don't deserve pussy.
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A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, my friend has one and it's fucking adorable
More specifically, what's the best dog breed for sucking tits like that?
hi ireland
Get a Samoyed

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I got this kitten a few days ago from a relative. The kitten is from a feral litter that my relative left food out for. I don't know it's actual age but by the size and demeanor of his brothers and sisters (one of whom I also adopted and is fine), he's probably 4-6 weeks old, but is definitely the runt of the litter. He hasn't eaten or drank anything since last night, and he only drank a little bit of evaporated milk off my fingertips when he did eat. I've tried to make kitty gruel with some kitten kibble I bought, but I can't find kitten formula in my town, and I don't know if he'd drink it if I did buy it. He sleeps all day except to whine occasionally and move a few feet. When he does move he wobbles and falls over. It's really sad and I've tried to help him but now whenever I try to feed him he just bites me, hard enough to draw blood. It seems like he wants to die now. Any suggestions?
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>be poorfag
>can barely survive on the meager amounts of money you make
>"I know! I'll take on a new voluntary financial responsibility!"
have the money to care for it, just not for a $150 vet trip ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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>have the money to care for it
>but not to take care of it
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New picture of Walter and a video. Enjoy /an/imal lovers.

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I want to _____ walter
>5 letter word
Walter is too pure for this world.
>tfw you will never own Walter.

Why even live, lads?

Are these things good news? They look pretty cool and we found a reasonably cheap one (300 eurodollar) that we will visit soon.
How well would one fit in with three students living on the third floor in the city in a pretty big appartement. Do they need acess to the great outdoors or are they comfortable with living inside roaming about the place.
Also what followup costs can we expect for feeding and medical care and all that jazz? I know that Maine Coons need loads of proteins and energy so I assume they will cost more than other cats on that front...
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Try and look for a local Maine Coon rescue group. In a lot of areas, they have them for specific breeds
>supporting shelters that continue enabling feral cats through TNR and propagating shitbulls and putting them in homes with children and other pets

Commit suicide
>missing the much funnier and subtle purebread
Lol, I guess I did.
Apparently my autism kicked in
implying getting a cute kitten that's the one you want is possible that way
I check my shelters all the time (Online and irl) and they never have the top tier cuties.

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And then give him plenty of affection and his favorite treat.

My four year-old dog died yesterday. He had leukemia and lymphoma. It came on terrifyingly quick. A month ago he had no symptoms. Four weeks ago he lost his appetite. Three weeks ago the vet gave me the cancer diagnosis after having incorrectly diagnosed him with lyme disease initially. We started chemo after that, but after two weeks of doing well he went downhill incredibly fast starting on Saturday. I'm fucking crushed.

I know it's a cliche, but try to cherish every day with your buddies because it can all end so quickly.
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golden retriever, of course. He was the best dog I could have possibly asked for, a ton of personality, super affectionate, adorable and fun. But cancer is the curse of the golden
thank you, anon-friend
I'm sorry anon. I have a 3.5 year old golden myself. I'll give him double the love for you.
Oh shit I remember your dog. RIP.
that sucks man

my miniature schnauzer died of cancer not too long

pic isn't him but looks similar

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Posting shit I found using my microscope. What is everyone's favorite microorganism?
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Yeah! That's exactly what I've been seeing. They do look quite a lot like pistachio nuts, no? Super cool little critter, thank you so much for finally giving me the proper name for it!

This baby right there. I got one a couple months ago, I couldn't be happier. Really any of the student range will probably be okay, but the M500 has the most features, and it's not that bad on price. (Buying from AmScope is cheaper than on Amazon)

The M500 has:
>Spring loaded objectives
>40x - 1000x
>The ability to make my dick hard.

Really though, it's a good scope. You'll want this though: http://www.amscope.com/accessories/mechanical-stage/graduated-microscope-mechanical-stage.html

It's just a slide adjuster, so you don't have to do it by hand, it's much easier and more precise. It's worth the money. Grab some slides and cover slips, and that's basically it.
I'm a brainlet who just wants to look at cute bugs. do cheapo kids microscopes actually work, or are they just toys?

Also please learn to clean it and maintain it in general.

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So somehow a fucking owl got into my house. I figured all I gotta do is open the door and windows and scare it towards one of them. But no that doesn't work, it just flies to another corner of the house. It's been 3 days now, and the little shit sits on the table in front of my bed and watches me sleep. He knows I'm not fast enough to grab him.

How can I get rid of this thing?
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Armed tax collectors
I found a stray dog at 2am in the middle of winter and ended up calling the non-emergancy number for police since my parents nor my gf's parents at the time would let it in either of our houses. They were right next to the shelter so they agreed to unlock it to put him in for the night.

Not five seconds after we handed the leash off to them and they disappeared around the corner, they came running back screaming because they let go of the leash and he bolted.

Nothing like running around like idiots with 6 police officers(two now in cruisers) trying to catch a dog who is having the time of his life playing tag. He ended up jumping in a cruiser after being lured over with a hot dog.

Then one tried to ticket my gf for not having her license on her but his buddies made fun of him so we were off the hook.
Take a picture of it
>Then one tried to ticket my gf for not having her license on her
Unless she was driving, it's not illegal to not carry your license. Also the police cannot legally demand you show them ID.
If you're not committing a crime it's none of their damn business who you are.
Does it count if they saw her driving? I was under the impression it was illegal qnd now that I try to look it up I'm only finding things saying its illegal to drive without a valid license. Which I suppose means never having a license or having an expired license.

I haven't driven in 11 years since everything I need is in walking or biking distance but I did get stopped last week walking home from work at 4am by an officer who asked for my ID. He was really nice and talketive and I know I didnt do anything wrong so I just gave it to him. Made me stand around for 10 minutes while he ran it though.

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Let's have a totally uninformed debate, /an/, since I know most of you guys probably aren't ecologists/biologists or ecology/biology students.

What are your thoughts on African big game trophy hunting? Do you support it? Why?

I support it. It's the best possible remedy we have right now to have any hope of preserving wildlife. The model that is being employed in Africa has basically been operating in the United States for nearly a century, and look how successful we've been at recuperating our wildlife species. Hunters pay to kill animals, the limit of which is set by the state, and those funds go to protecting land that the game species lives on. This also protects non-game species and entire ecosystems that would otherwise be turned into parking lots. Hell, the white-tailed deer used to be damn near extinct, but now they're practically pests. I can't even think of a major wildlife species that is destined for extinction in the United States, save for the red wolf of course.

I went to Kruger National Park this summer, and I couldn't imagine wanting to kill any of the gorgeous animals I saw there, but I'd kill an elephant if it meant saving the species. Pic related. Most beautiful thing I've ever seen in my life.

This is a complicated topic of course, and my education has led me in a certain direction that might seem confusing and heartless to outsiders. What do you guys think?
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And the poaching is not being done by trophy big game hunters. Locals are doing the poaching.
The supposed benefits are bullshit. The money mostly goes to rich white land owners and agents. They do nothing to support the animals, mostly killing ones that wander onto their land from neighboring parks. Endangered animals are declining in african states that allow this kind of hunting, or allow trade in animal parts from hunted or natural deaths. Meanwhile Kenya, which banned all hunting and burned a multimillion dollar stockpile of horns and tusks rather than selling it to China, has had the best track record for preserving wildlife. If you support the hunters it's because you're either misinformed or are of low character.

Richard Leakey, who ran the parks and burned that ivory against the short sighted wishes of his government's ministers, put it thusly. "If you can't afford to send your daughter to school should you let men rape her for money so she can? Of course not!" That's the hunter's argument.
A necessary evil until we can eradicate the Chinese and and all foreign aid to Africa to drastically reduce its population.
Oh, absolutely. I don't think it's rich white people who are illegally shooting elephants but I also don't think there's an equivalency to US game hunting where animal populations thrive because of revenue from hunters. These animals are still being slaughtered regardless of how not harmful big game hunting is.
Don't forget to mention that the demand is generated by China for traditional medicine and ivory trade.

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why would you get a cat when you could get a rabbit?

some similarities include that they are about the same size
they're both retarded and untrainable and it's a gamble whether or not you get one that's annoyingly affectionate or frustratingly aloof
both are too stupid to drink water so you have to trick them into it
both instinctually shit and piss in a box
both are successful invasive pest species

their differences are important
one's waste is innocuous, fertile, and almost pleasant smelling. while the other's is full of brain parasites and smells like death and poison. one eats grass and hay and the other eats overpriced abattoir garbage
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You'll feel it
That doesn't really make much sense to me, no.

LMAO @ the cat owner cope ITT
This. I've had a few rabbits. One of them was affectionate and loved being held, but she still pissed outside her litter box often and caused thousands of damages from things like chewing/digging up the carpet and pissing in the clothes hamper. The other rabbits I had would tolerate being pet but preferred to be alone. And none of them were very good with the littertray.

Opposite experience for cats. I've only ever had one asshole cat that sprayed everywhere and was quick to scratch. But I put that down to him being taken from his mother too young and neutered too late. The other cats I've had were wonderful lapcats that never had behaviour issues.
Plus if you get a rabbit you can eat it when it dies without being judged.

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How do I regain the trust of my uncles dog?
>Dog sitting her
>She follows me around and sleeps in bed with me
>accidentally step on her paw causing her to shriek and run away
>she comes back to me later in the day cautions
>next day we are sitting on couch as I watch a movie
>stretch my legs as I get up
>she moves to get behind me and accidentally lay back on her squishing her
>immidetialy get up and she runs off
>won't come near me the rest of the time we are sitting
>This past weekend uncle comes and brings her
>she is out in the yard as my uncle and I chit chat
>She gets into something and begins coughing
>grab her in an attempt to see whats wrong
>She lets out a high pitch squeal and runs to my uncle

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