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Tue Nov 6, 2012, 09:38 AM

Cockatoo 'Can Make Its Own Tools'

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ScienceDaily (Nov. 5, 2012) A cockatoo from a species not known to use tools in the wild has been observed spontaneously making and using tools for reaching food and other objects.

A Goffin's cockatoo called 'Figaro', that has been reared in captivity and lives near Vienna, used his powerful beak to cut long splinters out of wooden beams in its aviary, or twigs out of a branch, to reach and rake in objects out of its reach. Researchers from the Universities of Oxford and Vienna filmed Figaro making and using these tools.

How the bird discovered how to make and use tools is unclear but shows how much we still don't understand about the evolution of innovative behaviour and intelligence.

Dr Alice Auersperg of the University of Vienna, who led the study, said: 'During our daily observation protocols, Figaro was playing with a small stone. At some point he inserted the pebble through the cage mesh, and it fell just outside his reach. After some unsuccessful attempts to reach it with his claw, he fetched a small stick and started fishing for his toy.


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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121105140203.htm

For a, ahem, slightly different take on this story, click on this link....

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/11/06/cockatoo-tool/

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n2doc Nov 2012 OP
darkangel218 Nov 2012 #1
Enrique Nov 2012 #2
PoliticAverse Nov 2012 #3
stubtoe Nov 2012 #4
Rainforestgoddess Nov 2012 #5
PoliticAverse Nov 2012 #6
OnyxCollie Nov 2012 #7
NoOneMan Nov 2012 #10
struggle4progress Nov 2012 #8
tinrobot Nov 2012 #9

Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 09:42 AM

1. Thats freaking amazing!

Take that humans!

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 09:42 AM

2. aww

i hope he got his pebble back.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 09:42 AM

3. The idea that what separates humans from other animals is that only humans use tools...

was never really based on valid science.

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 10:38 AM

4. What really separates humans from other animals is ...

humans are the only animal known to borrow tools

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Response to stubtoe (Reply #4)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 10:45 AM

5. And forget to return them

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Response to Rainforestgoddess (Reply #5)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 10:52 AM

6. Really, I do intend to return the post hole digger... n/t

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Response to Rainforestgoddess (Reply #5)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 11:10 AM

7. Forget?

Oh, uh, yeah. Forget, that's the ticket.

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:10 PM

10. The real distinction:

 

When we use tools, our ego makes us feel like an exception to nature.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 10:37 AM

8. ... No-one has ever reported [a parrot] sculpturing a tool out of shapeless wood in order to use it

later with great sophistication," said Professor Alex Kacelnik of Oxford University, an author of the study ...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/20170195

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Wed Nov 7, 2012, 11:03 AM

9. So... he makes Cockatools ?

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