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Poetry in Motion Princess Kate Remembers What Made Her Great

I was disappointed Princess Kate seemed to have become a Calamity Kate recently, buying a shotgun as Britain goes weapons crazy!

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Kate Returns to Form

So I was delighted to see Princess Kate return to great greenYgrey form on a visit to Blackpool recently (maybe tangerine would have been more fitting though?), sporting big green and grey, and a little yellow in the arrow symbol of her handbag and the umbrella handle.

So I wrote this Folding Mirror poem to celebrate, adapting it from a spontaneous poem that seeped down effortlessly from the unconscious, and that is included below the FM one.

 Swapping Shotgun for Umbrella, Remembering gYg Princess Era

Princess Kate taking up shooting
was like a poisoned ↑
through my greenYgrey wolf ♥.
Seeing  symbol on handbag
like Y in disguise
deflated, like crushed umbrella.

is T a good umbrella symbol, between windy Y and deflated ↑

Thankfully, brolly she’s holding
in stormy Blackpool photo
sheltered her from rain.
One day when sunny again
Kate will consider birdsong celebrations
more important than dinner conversations.

The original poem posted on Facebook.

Princess Kate taking up shooting
was like a poisoned arrow
through my greenYgrey heart
but seeing the symbol on her handbag
I see it’s just like a Y in disguise
deflated like a storm-broken umbrella.

Thankfully, the brolly she’s holding
in the stormy Blackpool photo
sheltered her from the rain
and one day when the sun shines
Kate will consider birdsong celebrations
more important than dinner conversations.

If you liked the above, and love birdy animals, you should be very interested to know it’s the last day or two, depending where you are, of my latest poetry book and second of the greenYgrey trilogy – fantasy fiction parody comedy Australia travel -being free on Smashwords:

Werewolf of Oz: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/325567

242 Mirror Poems and Reflections: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/321583

 

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Animal Intelligence Studies Find Brilliant Minds

Research into animal intelligence is still in its early stages, but has already found that animals have amazing problem solving abilities comparable with a young human. Unfortunately, wolves and dogs didn’t make it into the most intelligent animals, but some cute Nepalese mountain pups did make it onto Marc Latham’s travel25years blog.

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Inside the Animal Mind

Hi, it’s Chris Packwolf, natural world correspondent in the Greenygrey world. I’m delighted to announce that my human parallel Chris Packham presented a fascinating second episode of Inside the Animal Mind. It premiered last night, and is now available on BBCiplayer (just in U.K. I think, so there is a detailed description of the main points below).

I’m even more delighted to announce that greenygrey again made it onto the programme’s cover shot, although it took a more background role this time:

Animal Problem Solving Skills

Chris Packham presented amazing footage of animals such as corvids (crow family), parrots and great apes using tools. These animal skills were only discovered in the last fifty years.

The animals have been doing it much longer, it’s just that humanity is only now able to study it.

Animal Intelligence Studies

Although filmed footage of animals using tools has been around for a few decades now, studies into their thought processes and the limits of their skills are still in their early stages and ongoing.

In last night’s documentary, Chris Packham said and showed how the most recent studies have revealed that the most intelligent animals have four brain attributes and skills that were thought to be exclusive to humans half a century ago.

Animal Problem-Solving Skills

Studies giving animals and birds quite intricate problems to solve to reach food, showed:

  1. They understand cause and effect: that filling a bottle with water will make the food inside fall out.
  2. They have flexible thinking: a bird who’d used stones to reach food in one type of study used them differently in another.animal mindsOne bird was shown solving an eight-part test to reach food: using a small stick to release three stones, which when placed in a container released a longer stick, which could reach the food.The greenygrey again stayed in the background, but this time played a different, more natural, role.

    Another bird understood that putting stones into a jar filled with water would make the water rise, and that would bring a grub into its reach. The scientist said they didn’t do it if there was no water in the jar, so they understood it only worked by raising the water level; that if there was no water, the stones would just bury the grub.

  3. They use imagination: looking at a problem, imagining how procedures work and then putting them into practise. A cockatoo was shown solving an intricate problem it’d never seen before: in a different way to how it had done it previously. This showed that it had identified difference, and thought up a new solution rather than acting on instinct.
  4. They can mentally time-travel: tests showed that western scrub jays could plan ahead. This was shown in a Big Brother style task with one jay given breakfast in its cage for a week, and another not given breakfast. The latter jay stored five times as much food as the one who expected breakfast, showing that it was thinking in the past and future as well as the present; and as it was a new situation it wasn’t just acting on instinct.

Perhaps acting on instinct, corvids of course starred in the Merrymook Rowdy Rook classic episodes of the Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps, and a jay called Jay joined Grey for the last adventure of the book.

Perhaps using flexible thinking, the greenygrey did also star in this herding animals image in the documentary:

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Valentine Love Story Wolf Tragic Ending

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. Love is in the human air today as Valentine Day is celebrated. But it’s not only humans that exhibit love you know. I know because I am of course a werewolf, and know both my human and wolf sides.

Love Story Inspired Century of Animal Conservation

And one of the greatest love stories ever told; well, it was in fact real; was that of Lobo and Blanca, two wild wolves living in a time of change in the American West.

English: no original description
English: no original description (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

They eluded capture by ranchers for months, but Blanca was eventually trapped, and her scent used to trap her pining partner Lobo.

Valentine Story Ending and More Information

That wasn’t the end of the story. The tear-jerking broken-hearted ending to this famous wolf love story and more information are available in Marc Latham’s new Suite 101 Natural World Media article.

Illustration from Ernest Thompson Seton's Wild...
Illustration from Ernest Thompson Seton’s Wild Animals I Have Known (1898) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Although there wasn’t a happy ending for the Lobo and Blanca love story, their intelligence and devotion did turn their captor, Ernest Thompson Seton, into a wildlife and conservation advocate.

Moreover, the story of Lobo and Blanca he told inspired a Disney movie and BBC documentary; as well Sir David Attenborough, who has been producing groundbreaking wildlife documentaries for over half a century.

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