The Children Of Dr. Dolittle

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The amazingly articulate prairie dog

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The Children Of Dr. Dolittle

John Dolittle was a fictional character with a slightly unbelievable ability to talk with animals in Hugh Lofting’s series of children’s books of the 1920s. In 2013, scientists are discovering real world evidence of sophisticated communication and even language among a vast array of wildlife species, which greatly expands the possibilities of actual human to non-human discourse. We have a conversation with an assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Daniel Wesson, who recently discovered that rodents talk to each other via sniffing. Also, Dr.

John Dolittle was a fictional character with a slightly unbelievable ability to talk with animals in Hugh Lofting’s series of children’s books of the 1920s. In 2013, scientists are discovering real world evidence of sophisticated communication and even language among a vast array of wildlife species, which greatly expands the possibilities of actual human to non-human discourse. We have a conversation with an assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Daniel Wesson, who recently discovered that rodents talk to each other via sniffing. Also, Dr. Con Slobodchikoff tells what he knows about animals using grammatical language, a discovery that was inspired by his pioneering study of prairie dogs, which is the subject of his new book Chasing Dr. Dolittle.

Music: “If We Could Talk to the Animals” – Louis Armstrong

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It is very cute and adorable. I want to have one like this. It is good to have this as a pet? - Michael Courouleau

April 7, 2013 - 8:59am

I have watched that movie and was so amazed how one person tries to converse and was understand by these little creatures. - Reputation Advocate

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