November 2, 2012 § Leave a comment
“It is a farewell gift from the dolphins,” said Wonko in a low, quiet voice, “the dolphins whom I loved and studied, and swam with, and fed with fish, and even tried to learn their language, a task which they seemed to make impossibly difficult, considering the fact that I now realize they were perfectly capable of communicating in ours if they decided they wanted to.” — Douglas Adams, So Long and Thanks for All the Fish, 1985.
Boy howdy have there been a lot of talking animals lately. And by a lot, I mean two, which is still a lot when we’re talking human imitations by animals. First came Noc, the burbling beluga whale who told his trainer to get out of the pool. A week later, we have Koshik, the Asian elephant who takes Noc’s burbles and raises him a very understandable six-word Korean vocabulary. « Read the rest of this entry »