At the end of a week that's been pretty rough for animals here in Britain, I just have to post this link to the most amazing photos (presented in video form; be patient) I've ever seen.
Polar bears. Huskies. Do not be alarmed. All is well.
These lines from Verlyn Klinkenborg, writing in the NY Times on Alex the parrot, seem appropriate:
Scientifically speaking, the value of this research lies in its specific details about patterns of learning and cognition. Ethically speaking, the value lies in our surprise, our renewed awareness of how little we allow ourselves to expect from the animals around us.
Stay tuned; you can expect a pretty cute calf photo to be posted later.