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Robot animals used in behavior research

Here’s an article from my favorite homepage, www.happynews.com about a research team that is using robotic animals to get a closer view of animal behavior:

http://www.happynews.com/news/522008/mechanical-squirrels-robot-lizards-jump-research.htm

The squirrel in the photo looks remarkably like Lucy’s stuffed squirrels (dubbed “Squirrely Squirrel” at my house.) Here is Lucy’s preferred squirrel of choice: http://www.petco.com/product/100216/AKC-Squirrel-Dog-Toy.aspx  Her favorite activity is to rip the squirrel open and degut it.  Total carnage.  Then I restuff the squirrel and take it to Squirrely Squirrel Hospital (my sewing machine).  Then the vicious cycle starts again. 

I’ve always wanted to get a robotic squirrel or bunny for the yard just to have it run around the yard so Lucy could chase it.  She would love it.

By | 2016-10-05T06:46:14+00:00 May 3rd, 2008|Categories: Animals, Dogs, Research|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Robot animals used in behavior research

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Dr. Stephanie Sarkis is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), and AMHCA Diplomate and Clinical Specialist in Child and Adolescent Counseling based in Tampa Bay, Florida, where she specializes in the treatment of ADD/ADHD. Dr. Sarkis conducts evaluations, testing, diagnosis, and counseling services. She also is a public speaker, consultant, coach, and is a facilitator in collaborative law.