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Here are some ridiculously happy animals who have clearly figured something out that they will hopefully share with the rest of us when they are done frolicking or whatever. According to Dr. Brian Carroll, self awareness is conscious concomitant of the physiological processes involving laughter or smiling reflex (response) and its grades, degrees or spectrum varies according to phylogenetic development, with no clear cut demarcation. The emotional ingredients (such as contempt, hatred, ridicule, sarcasm, love, amusement etc.) are variable and involve different neurophysiological and physiological processes
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During the 1870s, the Brighton photographer Harry Pointer (1822-1889) became well known for a series of carte-de-visite photographs which featured his pet cats. Pointer began by taking conventional photographs of cats resting, drinking milk or sleeping in a basket, but from around 1870 he specialised in photographing cats in a variety of poses, placing his cats in settings that would create a humorous or appealing picture. Pointer often arranged his cats in unusual poses that mimicked human activities – a cat riding a tricycle, cats roller-skating and even a cat taking a photograph with a camera.
Harry Pointer soon realised that even a relatively straight-forward cat photograph could be turned into an amusing or appealing image by adding a written caption. Pointer increased the commercial potential of his cat pictures by adding a written greeting such as “A Happy New Year” or “Very many happy returns of the day”. Purchasers sent the small cartes-de-visite as tiny greetings cards, thereby publicizing Pointer’s distinctive cat photographs. By 1872, Harry Pointer had created over one hundred different captioned images of cats. Harry Pointer’s series of cat photographs were collectively known as “The Brighton Cats“. The Photographic News reported that, by 1884, Pointer had published about two hundred pictures in “The Brighton Cats” series. And here are just a few:
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Sperm whale and whale shark both classed as ‘vulnerable’ on the the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Many will find these graphic pictures upsetting.
But for the indigenous people of Lamalera, a village on the south coast of Lembata in Indonesia, whale hunting has been a way of village life for hundreds of years.The 75ft-long sperm whale is the Lamalera’s favoured prey, but due to decreasing numbers, hunters are increasingly turning their spears on sharks and dolphins to provide enough food for their village.These images were taken during a hunt in one of the last places on Earth where people still use traditional methods to fish.