Saturday, February 22, 2014

Animals hoarding

Usually, when we hear about animal hoarding, it's a story like this one from 2012 in which authorities seized 150 dead birds and more than 350 live parakeets, conures, finches, canaries, cockatoos, and other species (IMAGE ABOVE) from a man's home. But sometimes it's the birds themselves that do the hoarding. Psychologist Christopher E. Overtree of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, is a specialist in treating hoarding disorder in humans and explains that it is triggered by a biological reflex present in all animals. Its roots lie in resource scarcity and squirrels, for instance, gather 75% more nuts than they will need. A pivotal moment in Overtree's research was when an eagle's nest on the Minnesota property of a friend fell from a tree. Surprisingly, the nest contained 23 dog and cat collars. “The eagle ate the animals but saved the collars.

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