How Animals Get High


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To act like an animal, try getting on all fours and sniffing things like a dog. Or, you can stretch and pretend to clean yourself with the back of your hand like a cat. If you want to act like a bird, flap your arms out at your sides, bob your head like you’re pecking, and make squawking noises. You can also act like a marine animal by swimming, jumping out of the water, and sticking your hands above the water like a fin. To learn how to act like other kinds of animals, like an otter and a sloth, keep reading!

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3. Elephants and the Marula tree

It’s long been believed that African elephants got drunk off the fermenting fruit of the Marula tree. The 1974 documentary Animals are Beautiful People showed the 3t mammals swaying and falling over after binging on the fruit. But a 2004 study by biologists from the University of Bristol in the UK argued that while elephants clearly have a soft spot for alcohol – in India, herds of drunken elephants have trampled people to death after binging on locally produced vats rice beer – it was unlikely the Marula tree was potent enough to make them drunk. The researchers did suggest another intoxicant associated with the tree could be making the elephants tipsy.

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Domestic Cat

Garfield had his lasagna, but most house cats prefer the effects of catnip (Nepeta cataria).  

A member of the mint family, the catnip plant produces an intoxicatingchemical called nepetalactone, which, when inhaled or ingested, causes reactions such as anxiety, hyperactivity, sleepiness, and drooling.

And it’s not just Fluffy that feels the effect of catnip: Lions, tigers, leopards, cougars, and lynxes also respond to catnip, which grows in the wild worldwide. The effect is harmless and generally wears off after about 15 minutes. 

9 Cancer-Sniffing Dogs

Dogs will make a few appearances on this list, as they’re so intelligent and easily trained, not to mention adorable. Dogs have about 60 times as many sensory nerves in their noses compared to humans. For years, scientists have known of their ability to sniff out cancer. If you have seen this in headlines, you may think, “Aww, how cute,” and move on. However, there is actually a lot of scientific evidence to back this up.[2] Back in the early 1990s, trained dogs were tested on their ability to smell cancer using various urine samples from patients with and without cancer. The canines could correctly identify samples from cancer patients about 95 percent of the time. Types of cancer they could identify ranged from liver to lung to breast cancer.

Although it is unlikely that dogs alone would ever be used to detect cancer in new patients (as much as having dogs around might make the doctor’s office more pleasant), scientist have found a way to implement their olfactory sense into diagnostic machines. They’ve created a device that can “smell” the chemicals being picked up by dogs that are linked to cancerous cells. While this area of study needs more funding before it is viable, the science is all there.

7 Airport Falconry

If you’ve seen the movie Sully, about a pilot whose plane suffers duel engine loss, causing him to perform an emergency water landing on the Hudson River in New York, this entry will sound familiar. The movie was based on a real event, in which birds flew into both engines of a plane soon after takeoff, causing them to break and stopping the plane from flying. You might think there should be a simple way to stop problems like this from occurring. It turns out there is.

Trained falcons are used at airports to scare away smaller flocking birds from flying straight into planes during takeoff by using specific warning calls.[4] This is widely practiced in the United States, where damages caused by birds flying into planes can cost more than $500 million per year. If even one engine is ruined, it can cost up to $2 million. Training falcons seems like a small price to pay for flight safety, especially in light of those numbers. Scientists calculate that there is about a one-in-four chance of a bird hitting a plane when falconry isn’t employed. So, next time you fly, be sure to be on the lookout and to thank your bird trainer!

Other Animal Career Fields

While the three previous categories may make up the lion’s share of available jobs, there are other occupational categories that individuals might be interested in. The following slideshow describes some of the other career paths that people who love animals may want to explore.

Animal trainers use enrichment—the process of providing choices that promote positive behaviors—to teach animals to respond to specific commands. Trainers also work with animals to get them accustomed to human interaction. Training can be for the purpose of protection, detection, or entertainment.

Career Examples

Dog trainer, dolphin trainer, horse trainer, behaviorist, service animal trainer, search and rescue trainer

Pet businesses are ideal for those who want to combine their love of and interest in animals with an entrepreneurial venture. These workers may provide animal care services in a number of different ways, including sitting, grooming, and walking.

Career Examples

Pet groomer, dog walker, pooper scooper, pet masseuse, pet sitter

Those in animal conservation are dedicated to preserving the habitats of animal species, as well as plants. For example, their work may include finding strategies to keep water and soil safe and preventing wildfires.

Career Examples

Wildlife manager, wildlife educator, wildlife inspector and forensics specialist, wildlife consultant, wildlife economist

Jobs in animal protective services are focused on the health and safety of various animals, as well as humans who have been attacked by them. These jobs are a combination of public health and safety, law enforcement, and pet protection.

Career Examples

Animal control officer, cruelty investigator, rabies control/bite investigator, animal services officer, livestock officer

People who are concerned about the welfare of animals, but prefer not to work on the front lines of the profession, may pursue administration or policy positions that allow them to help make decisions that impact overall animal welfare. This may include lobbying on behalf of animal welfare to affect legislation or running an organization.

Career Examples

Policy analyst, animal welfare auditor, animal welfare compliance coordinator

Teachers and researchers advance the knowledge of animal health and issues, either in the classroom or the laboratory. They may work in colleges and universities, government agencies, or research facilities.

Career Examples

Veterinary medicine lecturer, laboratory technician, animal research technologist

How To Check Friendship Level

Stage 1: Just Talk To Them

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When a villager first moves to your island, you won’t be able to do anything except talk to them since your friendship level is so low. However, if you talk to them every day this level will go up and you’ll eventually advance to the next stage.

Stage 2: Able To Give Them Presents

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▲”Let’s talk” / “Have this present!” / “Just saying hi”

Once your friendship level reaches Stage 2, you’ll be able to give villagers a present once you talk to them. Try to give them something that they love in order to get the maximum friendship level boost.

Stage 3: Get Pictures

At Stage 3, you’ll be able to get pictures from the villagers. To get to this level you’ll have to give them presents and greet them many, many times, so make sure that doing so is a regular part of your routine.

Types of Employers

When choosing an animal career, those who want to enter the field should consider what kind of employer they are interested in working for. Animal workers can be found in several settings, including zoos, schools, research facilities, government agencies, and animal shelters. The following outlines some of the employers than animal workers can choose from.

Veterinary clinics provide care to pets, generally with a focus on preventive medicine. Although these facilities examine animals and make diagnoses, they are not equipped to perform laboratory testing. In addition, clinics can perform some minor surgeries, like spaying and neutering pets, but major surgeries are done by hospitals.

Veterinary hospitals also provide animal care services, but on a larger scale than clinics. Unlike clinics, these facilities provide advanced medical care, including ultrasounds, oxygen therapy, laser surgeries, and laboratory testing. In addition, animal hospitals are able to keep and monitor pets that need inpatient care.

Zoos provide animal experts with the opportunity to educate the general public about different kinds of animals on a regular basis. Whether they are organizing exhibits or giving lectures, zoos provide an audience that is eager to see and learn about different animal species. And behind the scenes, workers may feed and provide medical care at the zoo, as well as perform administrative tasks that keep the facility running.

Animal educators often work with school districts in order to provide classes designed to help students of different grade levels understand animals and how to treat them. Also, educators may work on the college level, providing the training that professionals like veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and zoologists need to practice.

Shelters are responsible for housing and caring for animals that have been removed from abusive homes, as well as those that are found homeless. Professionals who work in these facilities treat sick and injured animals, and then look for good owners to place them with.

Unlike research labs or facilities that usually conduct animal testing, research centers are dedicated to the study and conservation of various animals. For example, marine mammal research centers focus on the preservation of marine mammals such as whales and dolphins. Marine biologists respectfully observe, track, and monitor one or more subgroups – cetaceans, pinnipeds, sirenians, and fissipeds – to analyze behaviors such as migration, breeding and birth, feeding, health, and interspecies interaction. Biologists also examine the effects humans and other environmental stressors have on these mammals. New findings add to existing knowledge and help humans to better co-exist with animals as well as preserve their natural habitats.

Those who want to contribute to animals by positively affecting policies, legislation, and regulations may work for government agencies. This allows professionals to become decision makers on a variety of animal and animal rights issues, such as education programs, conservation programs, guidelines for humane treatment, and managing wildlife.

Biggest Employers

This is the largest animal protection agency in the United States, providing care to over 100,000 animals annually. The Humane Society also advocates on behalf of animals in order to educate the public about cruelty and put an end to instances of abuse.

Founded in 1970, the NRDC strives to protect the air, land, and water from pollution and corporate greed, according to its website. It has been labeled the most effect environmental action group and is comprised of more than 2 million members and activists, including lawyers, scientists, and business and community leaders.

Petco sells pet supplies, toys, and foods for those who own dogs, cats, fish, reptiles, and birds. The store also fills prescriptions and provides grooming and training services.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is dedicated to protecting animals from abuse and exploitation. As the largest animal rights organization, it focuses on four major areas – factory farms, clothing trade, laboratories, and entertainment. PETA’s work includes public education, investigation, research, animal rescue, lobbying services, and protest/awareness campaigns.

VCA has over 600 animal hospitals around the country that provide a full range of veterinary services, including specialized care such as neurology and oncology treatments.

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