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Animals, Beer, and Cats: COLLECTIVE NOUNS FOR ANIMAL GROUPS A congregotion of alligators A nest, army, colony, or swarm of ants A shrewdness or troop of apes A pace, herd, or drove of asses A troop of baboons An exaltation of larks A leap of leopards A pride of lions A lounge of lizards Atiding of magpies A nest of mice A labor of moles A troop or cartload of monkeys A herd of moose A barren, span, or pack of mules A romp of otters A team, yoke, or drove of oxen A parliament of owls A bed of oysters A company or pandemonium of parrots An ostentotion, pride, or muster of peacocks Apod of pelicans A rookery or colony of penguins A bouquet or nye of pheasants A herd or sounder of pigs A sloth or sieuth of bears Afamily or colony of beavers A grist, swarm, nest, or hive of beer A sounder or singular of boars An obstinacy, herd, troop, or gang of buffalo Aflutter of butterflies A wake of buzzards A train, caravan, or flock of camels A herd of caribou A ciowder, cluster, giaring, or pounce of cats An ormy of caterpillars A herd or drove of cattle A brood or peep of chickens A coolition of cheetahs An intrusion of cockroaches A guip of cormorants A bask or fioat of crocodiles A murder of crows A herd of deer A pack of dogs An are, dule, fiight, or pitying of doves A poddiing.fiock, or raft of ducks A convocation or aerie of eagles A bed or sworm of eels A herd or memory of elephants A herd or gang of elk A mob of emus A business of ferrets A charm of finches A school or shoal of fish A stand or fiamboyance of flamingos A swarm, cloud or business of flies A leash, skulk, or troop of foxes An army of frogs A goggle or skein of geese A herd, corps, or tower of giraffes A swarm, cloud, or horde of gnats Aflock, herd, tribe, or trip of goats A troubling of goldfish A band or troop of gorillas A cloud of grasshoppers A coiony of gulls A down or husk of hares A boil, cast, or ketde of hawks A hedge or siege of herons A bloat of hippos A herd or band of horses A mute, brace, or pack of hounds A cockle of hyenas A band, party, or scold of jays A smack or brood of jellyfish A mob, herd, or troop of kangaroos A prickle of porcupines A school or pod of porpoises A coterie of prairie dogs A bevy or covey of quail A nest or warren of rabbits A gaze or nursery of raccoons Arhumba of rattlesnakes An unkindness or conspiracy of ravens A crash or stubbornness of rhinoceroses A building or clamor of rooks A pod, harem, herd, or colony of seals A school, shoal, or shiver of sharks A flock or fold of sheep A bed, knot, den, or nest of snakes A host or ubiquity of sparrows A clutter of spiders A dray or scurry of squirrels A chottering or murmuration of starlings Aflight or gulp of swallows A bevy, herd, or bank of swans A sounder, drift, herd, or drove of swine An ambush or streak of tigers A nest or knot of toads A hover of trout A rofter, doie, or flock of turkeys A bale or turn of turtles A blessing of unicorns A huddie or herd of walruses A coiony, pack, sneak, or gang of weasels A pod, school, mob, or gam of whales Apack or rout of wolves A wisdom of wombats Adescent of woodpeckers A herd, zeal, or cohort of zebras MIA THEMETAPICTURE.COM you should probably go to TheMetaPicture.com epicjohndoe: Collective Nouns For Different Animals
Animals, Beer, and Cats: COLLECTIVE NOUNS FOR ANIMAL GROUPS
 A congregotion of alligators
 A nest, army, colony, or swarm of ants
 A shrewdness or troop of apes
 A pace, herd, or drove of asses
 A troop of baboons
 An exaltation of larks
 A leap of leopards
 A pride of lions
 A lounge of lizards
 Atiding of magpies
 A nest of mice
 A labor of moles
 A troop or cartload of monkeys
 A herd of moose
 A barren, span, or pack of mules
 A romp of otters
 A team, yoke, or drove of oxen
 A parliament of owls
 A bed of oysters
 A company or pandemonium of parrots
 An ostentotion, pride, or muster of peacocks
 Apod of pelicans
 A rookery or colony of penguins
 A bouquet or nye of pheasants
 A herd or sounder of pigs
 A sloth or sieuth of bears
 Afamily or colony of beavers
 A grist, swarm, nest, or hive of beer
 A sounder or singular of boars
 An obstinacy, herd, troop, or gang of buffalo
 Aflutter of butterflies
 A wake of buzzards
 A train, caravan, or flock of camels
 A herd of caribou
 A ciowder, cluster, giaring, or pounce of cats
 An ormy of caterpillars
 A herd or drove of cattle
 A brood or peep of chickens
 A coolition of cheetahs
 An intrusion of cockroaches
 A guip of cormorants
 A bask or fioat of crocodiles
 A murder of crows
 A herd of deer
 A pack of dogs
 An are, dule, fiight, or pitying of doves
 A poddiing.fiock, or raft of ducks
 A convocation or aerie of eagles
 A bed or sworm of eels
 A herd or memory of elephants
 A herd or gang of elk
 A mob of emus
 A business of ferrets
 A charm of finches
 A school or shoal of fish
 A stand or fiamboyance of flamingos
 A swarm, cloud or business of flies
 A leash, skulk, or troop of foxes
 An army of frogs
 A goggle or skein of geese
 A herd, corps, or tower of giraffes
 A swarm, cloud, or horde of gnats
 Aflock, herd, tribe, or trip of goats
 A troubling of goldfish
 A band or troop of gorillas
 A cloud of grasshoppers
 A coiony of gulls
 A down or husk of hares
 A boil, cast, or ketde of hawks
 A hedge or siege of herons
 A bloat of hippos
 A herd or band of horses
 A mute, brace, or pack of hounds
 A cockle of hyenas
 A band, party, or scold of jays
 A smack or brood of jellyfish
 A mob, herd, or troop of kangaroos
 A prickle of porcupines
 A school or pod of porpoises
 A coterie of prairie dogs
 A bevy or covey of quail
 A nest or warren of rabbits
 A gaze or nursery of raccoons
 Arhumba of rattlesnakes
 An unkindness or conspiracy of ravens
 A crash or stubbornness of rhinoceroses
 A building or clamor of rooks
 A pod, harem, herd, or colony of seals
 A school, shoal, or shiver of sharks
 A flock or fold of sheep
 A bed, knot, den, or nest of snakes
 A host or ubiquity of sparrows
 A clutter of spiders
 A dray or scurry of squirrels
 A chottering or murmuration of starlings
 Aflight or gulp of swallows
 A bevy, herd, or bank of swans
 A sounder, drift, herd, or drove of swine
 An ambush or streak of tigers
 A nest or knot of toads
 A hover of trout
 A rofter, doie, or flock of turkeys
 A bale or turn of turtles
 A blessing of unicorns
 A huddie or herd of walruses
 A coiony, pack, sneak, or gang of weasels
 A pod, school, mob, or gam of whales
 Apack or rout of wolves
 A wisdom of wombats
 Adescent of woodpeckers
 A herd, zeal, or cohort of zebras
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Collective Nouns For Different Animals

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Animals, Beer, and Cats: COLLECTIVE NOUNS FOR ANIMAL GROUPS A congregotion of alligators A nest, army, colony, or swarm of ants A shrewdness or troop of apes A pace, herd, or drove of asses A troop of baboons An exaltation of larks A leap of leopards A pride of lions A lounge of lizards Atiding of magpies A nest of mice A labor of moles A troop or cartload of monkeys A herd of moose A barren, span, or pack of mules A romp of otters A team, yoke, or drove of oxen A parliament of owls A bed of oysters A company or pandemonium of parrots An ostentotion, pride, or muster of peacocks Apod of pelicans A rookery or colony of penguins A bouquet or nye of pheasants A herd or sounder of pigs A sloth or sieuth of bears Afamily or colony of beavers A grist, swarm, nest, or hive of beer A sounder or singular of boars An obstinacy, herd, troop, or gang of buffalo Aflutter of butterflies A wake of buzzards A train, caravan, or flock of camels A herd of caribou A ciowder, cluster, giaring, or pounce of cats An ormy of caterpillars A herd or drove of cattle A brood or peep of chickens A coolition of cheetahs An intrusion of cockroaches A guip of cormorants A bask or fioat of crocodiles A murder of crows A herd of deer A pack of dogs An are, dule, fiight, or pitying of doves A poddiing.fiock, or raft of ducks A convocation or aerie of eagles A bed or sworm of eels A herd or memory of elephants A herd or gang of elk A mob of emus A business of ferrets A charm of finches A school or shoal of fish A stand or fiamboyance of flamingos A swarm, cloud or business of flies A leash, skulk, or troop of foxes An army of frogs A goggle or skein of geese A herd, corps, or tower of giraffes A swarm, cloud, or horde of gnats Aflock, herd, tribe, or trip of goats A troubling of goldfish A band or troop of gorillas A cloud of grasshoppers A coiony of gulls A down or husk of hares A boil, cast, or ketde of hawks A hedge or siege of herons A bloat of hippos A herd or band of horses A mute, brace, or pack of hounds A cockle of hyenas A band, party, or scold of jays A smack or brood of jellyfish A mob, herd, or troop of kangaroos A prickle of porcupines A school or pod of porpoises A coterie of prairie dogs A bevy or covey of quail A nest or warren of rabbits A gaze or nursery of raccoons Arhumba of rattlesnakes An unkindness or conspiracy of ravens A crash or stubbornness of rhinoceroses A building or clamor of rooks A pod, harem, herd, or colony of seals A school, shoal, or shiver of sharks A flock or fold of sheep A bed, knot, den, or nest of snakes A host or ubiquity of sparrows A clutter of spiders A dray or scurry of squirrels A chottering or murmuration of starlings Aflight or gulp of swallows A bevy, herd, or bank of swans A sounder, drift, herd, or drove of swine An ambush or streak of tigers A nest or knot of toads A hover of trout A rofter, doie, or flock of turkeys A bale or turn of turtles A blessing of unicorns A huddie or herd of walruses A coiony, pack, sneak, or gang of weasels A pod, school, mob, or gam of whales Apack or rout of wolves A wisdom of wombats Adescent of woodpeckers A herd, zeal, or cohort of zebras MIA THEMETAPICTURE.COM you should probably go to TheMetaPicture.com epicjohndoe: Collective Nouns For Different Animals
Animals, Beer, and Cats: COLLECTIVE NOUNS FOR ANIMAL GROUPS
 A congregotion of alligators
 A nest, army, colony, or swarm of ants
 A shrewdness or troop of apes
 A pace, herd, or drove of asses
 A troop of baboons
 An exaltation of larks
 A leap of leopards
 A pride of lions
 A lounge of lizards
 Atiding of magpies
 A nest of mice
 A labor of moles
 A troop or cartload of monkeys
 A herd of moose
 A barren, span, or pack of mules
 A romp of otters
 A team, yoke, or drove of oxen
 A parliament of owls
 A bed of oysters
 A company or pandemonium of parrots
 An ostentotion, pride, or muster of peacocks
 Apod of pelicans
 A rookery or colony of penguins
 A bouquet or nye of pheasants
 A herd or sounder of pigs
 A sloth or sieuth of bears
 Afamily or colony of beavers
 A grist, swarm, nest, or hive of beer
 A sounder or singular of boars
 An obstinacy, herd, troop, or gang of buffalo
 Aflutter of butterflies
 A wake of buzzards
 A train, caravan, or flock of camels
 A herd of caribou
 A ciowder, cluster, giaring, or pounce of cats
 An ormy of caterpillars
 A herd or drove of cattle
 A brood or peep of chickens
 A coolition of cheetahs
 An intrusion of cockroaches
 A guip of cormorants
 A bask or fioat of crocodiles
 A murder of crows
 A herd of deer
 A pack of dogs
 An are, dule, fiight, or pitying of doves
 A poddiing.fiock, or raft of ducks
 A convocation or aerie of eagles
 A bed or sworm of eels
 A herd or memory of elephants
 A herd or gang of elk
 A mob of emus
 A business of ferrets
 A charm of finches
 A school or shoal of fish
 A stand or fiamboyance of flamingos
 A swarm, cloud or business of flies
 A leash, skulk, or troop of foxes
 An army of frogs
 A goggle or skein of geese
 A herd, corps, or tower of giraffes
 A swarm, cloud, or horde of gnats
 Aflock, herd, tribe, or trip of goats
 A troubling of goldfish
 A band or troop of gorillas
 A cloud of grasshoppers
 A coiony of gulls
 A down or husk of hares
 A boil, cast, or ketde of hawks
 A hedge or siege of herons
 A bloat of hippos
 A herd or band of horses
 A mute, brace, or pack of hounds
 A cockle of hyenas
 A band, party, or scold of jays
 A smack or brood of jellyfish
 A mob, herd, or troop of kangaroos
 A prickle of porcupines
 A school or pod of porpoises
 A coterie of prairie dogs
 A bevy or covey of quail
 A nest or warren of rabbits
 A gaze or nursery of raccoons
 Arhumba of rattlesnakes
 An unkindness or conspiracy of ravens
 A crash or stubbornness of rhinoceroses
 A building or clamor of rooks
 A pod, harem, herd, or colony of seals
 A school, shoal, or shiver of sharks
 A flock or fold of sheep
 A bed, knot, den, or nest of snakes
 A host or ubiquity of sparrows
 A clutter of spiders
 A dray or scurry of squirrels
 A chottering or murmuration of starlings
 Aflight or gulp of swallows
 A bevy, herd, or bank of swans
 A sounder, drift, herd, or drove of swine
 An ambush or streak of tigers
 A nest or knot of toads
 A hover of trout
 A rofter, doie, or flock of turkeys
 A bale or turn of turtles
 A blessing of unicorns
 A huddie or herd of walruses
 A coiony, pack, sneak, or gang of weasels
 A pod, school, mob, or gam of whales
 Apack or rout of wolves
 A wisdom of wombats
 Adescent of woodpeckers
 A herd, zeal, or cohort of zebras
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Collective Nouns For Different Animals

epicjohndoe: Collective Nouns For Different Animals

Animals, Beer, and Cats: COLLECTIVE NOUNS FOR ANIMAL GROUPS A congregotion of alligators A nest, army, colony, or swarm of ants A shrewdness or troop of apes A pace, herd, or drove of asses A troop of baboons An exaltation of larks A leap of leopards A pride of lions A lounge of lizards Atiding of magpies A nest of mice A labor of moles A troop or cartload of monkeys A herd of moose A barren, span, or pack of mules A romp of otters A team, yoke, or drove of oxen A parliament of owls A bed of oysters A company or pandemonium of parrots An ostentotion, pride, or muster of peacocks Apod of pelicans A rookery or colony of penguins A bouquet or nye of pheasants A herd or sounder of pigs A sloth or sieuth of bears Afamily or colony of beavers A grist, swarm, nest, or hive of beer A sounder or singular of boars An obstinacy, herd, troop, or gang of buffalo Aflutter of butterflies A wake of buzzards A train, caravan, or flock of camels A herd of caribou A ciowder, cluster, giaring, or pounce of cats An ormy of caterpillars A herd or drove of cattle A brood or peep of chickens A coolition of cheetahs An intrusion of cockroaches A guip of cormorants A bask or fioat of crocodiles A murder of crows A herd of deer A pack of dogs An are, dule, fiight, or pitying of doves A poddiing.fiock, or raft of ducks A convocation or aerie of eagles A bed or sworm of eels A herd or memory of elephants A herd or gang of elk A mob of emus A business of ferrets A charm of finches A school or shoal of fish A stand or fiamboyance of flamingos A swarm, cloud or business of flies A leash, skulk, or troop of foxes An army of frogs A goggle or skein of geese A herd, corps, or tower of giraffes A swarm, cloud, or horde of gnats Aflock, herd, tribe, or trip of goats A troubling of goldfish A band or troop of gorillas A cloud of grasshoppers A coiony of gulls A down or husk of hares A boil, cast, or ketde of hawks A hedge or siege of herons A bloat of hippos A herd or band of horses A mute, brace, or pack of hounds A cockle of hyenas A band, party, or scold of jays A smack or brood of jellyfish A mob, herd, or troop of kangaroos A prickle of porcupines A school or pod of porpoises A coterie of prairie dogs A bevy or covey of quail A nest or warren of rabbits A gaze or nursery of raccoons Arhumba of rattlesnakes An unkindness or conspiracy of ravens A crash or stubbornness of rhinoceroses A building or clamor of rooks A pod, harem, herd, or colony of seals A school, shoal, or shiver of sharks A flock or fold of sheep A bed, knot, den, or nest of snakes A host or ubiquity of sparrows A clutter of spiders A dray or scurry of squirrels A chottering or murmuration of starlings Aflight or gulp of swallows A bevy, herd, or bank of swans A sounder, drift, herd, or drove of swine An ambush or streak of tigers A nest or knot of toads A hover of trout A rofter, doie, or flock of turkeys A bale or turn of turtles A blessing of unicorns A huddie or herd of walruses A coiony, pack, sneak, or gang of weasels A pod, school, mob, or gam of whales Apack or rout of wolves A wisdom of wombats Adescent of woodpeckers A herd, zeal, or cohort of zebras MIA THEMETAPICTURE.COM you should probably go to TheMetaPicture.com epicjohndoe: Collective Nouns For Different Animals
Animals, Beer, and Cats: COLLECTIVE NOUNS FOR ANIMAL GROUPS
 A congregotion of alligators
 A nest, army, colony, or swarm of ants
 A shrewdness or troop of apes
 A pace, herd, or drove of asses
 A troop of baboons
 An exaltation of larks
 A leap of leopards
 A pride of lions
 A lounge of lizards
 Atiding of magpies
 A nest of mice
 A labor of moles
 A troop or cartload of monkeys
 A herd of moose
 A barren, span, or pack of mules
 A romp of otters
 A team, yoke, or drove of oxen
 A parliament of owls
 A bed of oysters
 A company or pandemonium of parrots
 An ostentotion, pride, or muster of peacocks
 Apod of pelicans
 A rookery or colony of penguins
 A bouquet or nye of pheasants
 A herd or sounder of pigs
 A sloth or sieuth of bears
 Afamily or colony of beavers
 A grist, swarm, nest, or hive of beer
 A sounder or singular of boars
 An obstinacy, herd, troop, or gang of buffalo
 Aflutter of butterflies
 A wake of buzzards
 A train, caravan, or flock of camels
 A herd of caribou
 A ciowder, cluster, giaring, or pounce of cats
 An ormy of caterpillars
 A herd or drove of cattle
 A brood or peep of chickens
 A coolition of cheetahs
 An intrusion of cockroaches
 A guip of cormorants
 A bask or fioat of crocodiles
 A murder of crows
 A herd of deer
 A pack of dogs
 An are, dule, fiight, or pitying of doves
 A poddiing.fiock, or raft of ducks
 A convocation or aerie of eagles
 A bed or sworm of eels
 A herd or memory of elephants
 A herd or gang of elk
 A mob of emus
 A business of ferrets
 A charm of finches
 A school or shoal of fish
 A stand or fiamboyance of flamingos
 A swarm, cloud or business of flies
 A leash, skulk, or troop of foxes
 An army of frogs
 A goggle or skein of geese
 A herd, corps, or tower of giraffes
 A swarm, cloud, or horde of gnats
 Aflock, herd, tribe, or trip of goats
 A troubling of goldfish
 A band or troop of gorillas
 A cloud of grasshoppers
 A coiony of gulls
 A down or husk of hares
 A boil, cast, or ketde of hawks
 A hedge or siege of herons
 A bloat of hippos
 A herd or band of horses
 A mute, brace, or pack of hounds
 A cockle of hyenas
 A band, party, or scold of jays
 A smack or brood of jellyfish
 A mob, herd, or troop of kangaroos
 A prickle of porcupines
 A school or pod of porpoises
 A coterie of prairie dogs
 A bevy or covey of quail
 A nest or warren of rabbits
 A gaze or nursery of raccoons
 Arhumba of rattlesnakes
 An unkindness or conspiracy of ravens
 A crash or stubbornness of rhinoceroses
 A building or clamor of rooks
 A pod, harem, herd, or colony of seals
 A school, shoal, or shiver of sharks
 A flock or fold of sheep
 A bed, knot, den, or nest of snakes
 A host or ubiquity of sparrows
 A clutter of spiders
 A dray or scurry of squirrels
 A chottering or murmuration of starlings
 Aflight or gulp of swallows
 A bevy, herd, or bank of swans
 A sounder, drift, herd, or drove of swine
 An ambush or streak of tigers
 A nest or knot of toads
 A hover of trout
 A rofter, doie, or flock of turkeys
 A bale or turn of turtles
 A blessing of unicorns
 A huddie or herd of walruses
 A coiony, pack, sneak, or gang of weasels
 A pod, school, mob, or gam of whales
 Apack or rout of wolves
 A wisdom of wombats
 Adescent of woodpeckers
 A herd, zeal, or cohort of zebras
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Collective Nouns For Different Animals

epicjohndoe: Collective Nouns For Different Animals

Animals, Bad, and Bones: <p><a href="https://osberend.tumblr.com/post/154339311017/iopele-suspendnodisbelief-naamahdarling" class="tumblr_blog">osberend</a>:</p><blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://iopele.tumblr.com/post/139458660302">iopele</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://suspendnodisbelief.tumblr.com/post/135039695690">suspendnodisbelief</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://naamahdarling.tumblr.com/post/134398266796">naamahdarling</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://optimysticals.tumblr.com/post/134385780223">optimysticals</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://youwantmuchmore.tumblr.com/post/127279952598">youwantmuchmore</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://thebestoftumbling.tumblr.com/post/123303726099">thebestoftumbling</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p> golden eagle having a relaxing time <br/></p> </blockquote> <p>This is the world’s largest flying Engine of Murder marveling at the fact that it can actually have its tummy rubbed.</p> </blockquote> <p>I feel like this is the next step up on “loose your fingers” roulette from petting a kittie’s tummy, but just below belly rubs for say a lion.</p> </blockquote> <p>Can someone who knows birds better than I do tell me whether this eagle is as happy as it looks?  Because I want it to be happy.  It looks so happy.  Bewildered by having a friend, but so happy.</p> </blockquote> <p>Just popping on this thread to confirm: yes, the eagle is happy about the belly rubs. Golden eagles make this sound when receiving allopreening and similar affectionate and soothing treatment from their parents and mates. It’s the “I am safe and well fed, and somebody familiar is taking good care of me” sound. Angry raptors and wounded raptors make some pretty dramatic hisses and shrieks; frightened raptors go dead silent and try to hide if they can, or fluff up big and get loud and in-your-face if hiding isn’t an option. They can easily sever a finger or break the bones of a human hand or wrist, and even with a very thick leather falconer’s gauntlet, I’ve known falconers to leave a mews (hawk house) with graphic punctures THROUGH the gauntlet into the meat of their hands and arms, just from buteos and kestrels way smaller than this eagle. A pissed off hawk will make damn sure you don’t try twice whatever you pulled that pissed her off, even if she’s been human-imprinted.</p> <p>If you’re ever unsure about an animal’s level of okayness with something that’s happening, there are three spot-check questions you can ask, to common-sense your way through it:</p> <p>1. Is the animal capable of defending itself or making a threatening or fearful display, or otherwise giving protest, and if so, is it using this ability? (e.g. dog snarling or biting, swan hissing, horse kicking or biting) <br/><br/>2. Does the animal experience an incentive-based relationship with the human? (i.e. does the animal have a reason, in the animal’s frame of reference, for being near this human? e.g. dog sharing companionship / food / shelter, hawk receiving good quality abundant food and shelter and medical care from a falconer)</p> <p>3. Is the animal a domesticated species, with at least a full century of consistent species cohabitation with humans? (Domesticated animals frequently are conditioned from birth or by selective breeding to be unbothered by human actions that upset their feral nearest relatives.)</p> <p>In this situation, YES the eagle can self-defend, YES the eagle has incentive to cooperate with and trust the human handler, and NO the eagle is not a domesticated species, meaning we can expect a high level of reactivity to distress, compared to domestic animals: if the eagle was distressed, it would be pretty visible and apparent to the viewer. These aren’t a universally applicable metric, but they’re a good start for mammal and bird interactions.</p> <p>Pair that with the knowledge that eagles reserve those chirps for calm environments, and you can be pretty secure and comfy in the knowledge that the big honkin’ birb is happy and cozy.</p> <p>Also, to anybody wondering, falconers are almost single-handedly responsible for the recovery from near-extinction of several raptor species, including and especially peregrine falcons. Most hawks only live with the falconer for a year, and most of that year is spent getting the bird in ideal condition for survival and success as a wild breeding adult. Falconers are extensively trained and dedicated wildlife conservationists, pretty much by definition, especially in the continental USA, and they make up an unspeakably important part of the overall conservation of predatory bird species. Predatory birds are an important part of every ecosystem they inhabit. Just like apiarists and their bees, the relationship between falconer and hawk is one of great benefit to the animal and the ecosystem, in exchange for a huge amount of time, effort, expense, and education on the part of the human, for very little personal benefit to that one human. It’s definitely not exploitation of the bird, and most hawks working with falconers are hawks who absolutely would not have reached adulthood without human help: the sick, the injured, and the “runts” of the nest who don’t receive adequate resources from their own parents. These are, by and large, wonderful people who are in love with the natural world and putting a lifetime of knowledge and sheer exhausting <i>work</i> into conserving it and its winged wonders.</p> </blockquote> <p>reblogged for excellent info, I’m so glad that big gorgeous birb really is as happy as it looks!</p> </blockquote> <p>Today’s bit of <a href="http://osberend.tumblr.com/post/152834355142/lately-ive-been-thinking-about-positive-and">positive activism</a>: A reminder that, although the world may contain many bad and awful things, it also contains an enormous winged predator clucking happily as a human gives it a belly rub.<br/></p> </blockquote>
Animals, Bad, and Bones: <p><a href="https://osberend.tumblr.com/post/154339311017/iopele-suspendnodisbelief-naamahdarling" class="tumblr_blog">osberend</a>:</p><blockquote>
<p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://iopele.tumblr.com/post/139458660302">iopele</a>:</p>
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<p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://suspendnodisbelief.tumblr.com/post/135039695690">suspendnodisbelief</a>:</p>
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<p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://naamahdarling.tumblr.com/post/134398266796">naamahdarling</a>:</p>
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<p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://optimysticals.tumblr.com/post/134385780223">optimysticals</a>:</p>
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<p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://youwantmuchmore.tumblr.com/post/127279952598">youwantmuchmore</a>:</p>
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<p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://thebestoftumbling.tumblr.com/post/123303726099">thebestoftumbling</a>:</p>
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golden eagle having a relaxing time

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<p>This is the world’s largest flying Engine of Murder marveling at the fact that it can actually have its tummy rubbed.</p>
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<p>I feel like this is the next step up on “loose your fingers” roulette from petting a kittie’s tummy, but just below belly rubs for say a lion.</p>
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<p>Can someone who knows birds better than I do tell me whether this eagle is as happy as it looks?  Because I want it to be happy.  It looks so happy.  Bewildered by having a friend, but so happy.</p>
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<p>Just popping on this thread to confirm: yes, the eagle is happy about the belly rubs. Golden eagles make this sound when receiving allopreening and similar affectionate and soothing treatment from their parents and mates. It’s the “I am safe and well fed, and somebody familiar is taking good care of me” sound. Angry raptors and wounded raptors make some pretty dramatic hisses and shrieks; frightened raptors go dead silent and try to hide if they can, or fluff up big and get loud and in-your-face if hiding isn’t an option. They can easily sever a finger or break the bones of a human hand or wrist, and even with a very thick leather falconer’s gauntlet, I’ve known falconers to leave a mews (hawk house) with graphic punctures THROUGH the gauntlet into the meat of their hands and arms, just from buteos and kestrels way smaller than this eagle. A pissed off hawk will make damn sure you don’t try twice whatever you pulled that pissed her off, even if she’s been human-imprinted.</p>
<p>If you’re ever unsure about an animal’s level of okayness with something that’s happening, there are three spot-check questions you can ask, to common-sense your way through it:</p>
<p>1. Is the animal capable of defending itself or making a threatening or fearful display, or otherwise giving protest, and if so, is it using this ability? (e.g. dog snarling or biting, swan hissing, horse kicking or biting) <br/><br/>2. Does the animal experience an incentive-based relationship with the human? (i.e. does the animal have a reason, in the animal’s frame of reference, for being near this human? e.g. dog sharing companionship / food / shelter, hawk receiving good quality abundant food and shelter and medical care from a falconer)</p>
<p>3. Is the animal a domesticated species, with at least a full century of consistent species cohabitation with humans? (Domesticated animals frequently are conditioned from birth or by selective breeding to be unbothered by human actions that upset their feral nearest relatives.)</p>
<p>In this situation, YES the eagle can self-defend, YES the eagle has incentive to cooperate with and trust the human handler, and NO the eagle is not a domesticated species, meaning we can expect a high level of reactivity to distress, compared to domestic animals: if the eagle was distressed, it would be pretty visible and apparent to the viewer. These aren’t a universally applicable metric, but they’re a good start for mammal and bird interactions.</p>
<p>Pair that with the knowledge that eagles reserve those chirps for calm environments, and you can be pretty secure and comfy in the knowledge that the big honkin’ birb is happy and cozy.</p>
<p>Also, to anybody wondering, falconers are almost single-handedly responsible for the recovery from near-extinction of several raptor species, including and especially peregrine falcons. Most hawks only live with the falconer for a year, and most of that year is spent getting the bird in ideal condition for survival and success as a wild breeding adult. Falconers are extensively trained and dedicated wildlife conservationists, pretty much by definition, especially in the continental USA, and they make up an unspeakably important part of the overall conservation of predatory bird species. Predatory birds are an important part of every ecosystem they inhabit. Just like apiarists and their bees, the relationship between falconer and hawk is one of great benefit to the animal and the ecosystem, in exchange for a huge amount of time, effort, expense, and education on the part of the human, for very little personal benefit to that one human. It’s definitely not exploitation of the bird, and most hawks working with falconers are hawks who absolutely would not have reached adulthood without human help: the sick, the injured, and the “runts” of the nest who don’t receive adequate resources from their own parents. These are, by and large, wonderful people who are in love with the natural world and putting a lifetime of knowledge and sheer exhausting <i>work</i> into conserving it and its winged wonders.</p>
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<p>reblogged for excellent info, I’m so glad that big gorgeous birb really is as happy as it looks!</p>
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<p>Today’s bit of <a href="http://osberend.tumblr.com/post/152834355142/lately-ive-been-thinking-about-positive-and">positive activism</a>: A reminder that, although the world may contain many bad and awful things, it also contains an enormous winged predator clucking happily as a human gives it a belly rub.<br/></p>
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