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Written by veterinarian, consultant, teacher, and author Myrna Milani, this site is dedicated to furthering our understanding of animal health, behavior, and the human-animal bond. In addition to commentaries, favorite links, and biographical information, you will find the following:

This Month's Commentary:

Behavioral Babble

Some and maybe a fair number of people believe that our ability to use language elevates us above all other members of the animal kingdom. But I’m not sure I agree with that. Sometimes I think we owe our language more to our inferior sensory perception, particularly our sense of smell. Because we miss so much of what’s going on around us compared to members of other species, we need language to fill in the missing information as best we can.

A case in point: Suppose an animal in a group of animals behaves in a way which, in that environment, causes others in the group to defer.

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