Friday, June 17, 2016

Hot Flash Friday=Animal Memoirs



Since this blog is organized around memoir/memories I began to wonder if animals are sentimental, long for the good ole days, wax nostalgic.

Dogs forget an event within two minutes. Chimpanzees, at around 20 seconds, are worse than rats at remembering things, while the memory spans of three other primates—baboons, pig-tailed macaques, and squirrel monkeys—exceeded only bees . . .

Exercises with captive animals revealed that while some had great long-term memory they flunked at the short-term and visa versa.

Elephants are known for having remarkable memories. From Cracked.com:
Whenever they encounter the scent of another elephant's urine, an elephant can record in its computerish brain the location and direction of the pisser. This enables them to devote a sizable portion of their working memory to maintaining these expansive mental maps.

Now if only my husband could pay that much attention . . .

But the winner was a real bird brain. A small bird with the name Clark's nutcracker. This unassuming little bird is able to remember the exact location of up to 30,000 pine nuts.

For today’s Hot Flash Friday let’s write about the cat that came back, the dog with the incredible journey, the homing pigeon that carried vital message that helped win the war.

I know you have an animal story. Nabokov’s life story is full of butterflies. This website is devoted to animal memoirs. Go, write right now!

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