Can Only Talking Animals Dance?

In the video below, Snowball, the parrot, takes the spotlight – dancing and rocking out to various rhythms while keeping a great tempo!

Researcher Aniruddh Patel at the Neurosciences Institute in San Diego, along with coworkers, have been observing the relationship between the ability to vocalize, aka talk, and keep rhythm/dance. They noticed that all of the dogs, cats, monkeys and other animals hanging around the labs listened to music all of the time, but never really showed a noticeable sign of moving in time with the beat.

In order to test that Snowball was dancing to the rhythm and beat to the song, and not simply trained to move when the song is heard, BPM (beats per minute) was changed. Adena Schachner at Harvard University is more interested than ever about the subject, because so far it looks like only grey parrots and cockatoos can move this well to music and other beats.

„Across the hundreds of species in the database, we only found evidence of keeping a beat in species that could imitate sound,“ Schachner said.

Check it out in this video! You can also read the full article here…

Have you observed you pet, or another animal, enjoying music in one way or another?

On more of a funny note: This Golden Retriever seems to groove pretty well to this guitar playing! Is he in a way trained to move like that? Is he really enjoying the beat and moving to it? Interesting! Enjoy this adorable dog’s dancing…

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