NanoPoblano 2017 – Day 25 – Talking Animals

NanoPoblano 2017 – Day 25 – Talking Animals

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Cute Puppy

Talking Animals

Animals can not talk like humans, but they do communicate with us if they are reared by humans and loved, they understand our way of life.

They make a wide variety of sounds, from the musical song of a bird, the howl of a wolf, clicks by insects, the whistle of a dolphin, the contented purr of a cat, and the bark of a dog.

Trout

Today I’m going to tell a tale about a very loved dog that was my sons when he married, trout stayed on the farm with me.

His name was trout, trout would draw his top lip back and closed his mouth, and chatter away moving his mouth trying to communicate with me like speech, (I was the only person he would communicate with like that,) he would make many different sounds, that were all different, not a bark, that would come out of that mouth, but I never made out a word from that chatting.

The funny thing about this he only started doing that after we left the farm and our son took over running it, I couldn’t take trout to town, he was a farm dog and won’t be happy confined to a section. I felt awful it was as if he was begging me to take him home with me, every time I visited my son.

Talking Cockatiel “Pretty Bird” Conversation

Why can’t animals talk like humans talk?

I asked this Question on Google.

Why can’t animals talk like humans talk?

I liked this answer after a lot of researching, so I’m would like to share it with you.

The larynx and mouth of most non-human animals differ enough physically that they are not able to reproduce the same sounds that humans use to communicate, just like we cannot mimic crocodile or elephant sounds perfect.

We may be able to make similar noises, but odds are that crocodiles or elephants would not recognize those sounds.

Another reason was it has to do with brain size and function.

Humans have a hugely developed cerebral cortex, and many areas of this portion of the brain have been associated with language functions.

Even animals with brains of similar size do not have a similar layout and therefore, are not capable of the higher level communication functions that constitute human language.

Also, another part is cultural, for lack of a better word.

Almost every animal (and plant) communicates in some way.

Those forms of communication evolved under different pressures and conditions than human language and serve slightly different purposes.

Which is to say that animals may not talk like us because they don’t need (or want) to.

Budgie

Image courtesy of Salvatore Vuono at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Talking Budgies

Yes, male budgies can talk my father was very good at talking to them, I heard them responding many times and I could understand every word they were saying.

Why I said a male budgie talking because my father was an expert at getting them to talk, but he never managed to get a female budgie to talk.

First of all, because of the shape of their mouths.

Birds can be taught English to express certain things but they have no lips so it is difficult.

That’s because they don’t have vocal chords like we do.

Because of that, animals can breathe normally while they’re eating.

They don’t have to keep pausing to swallow.

Now “Can animals talk”?

We had singing pigs.

10 thoughts on “NanoPoblano 2017 – Day 25 – Talking Animals

  1. Very interesting article Elsie. I do know about many of the animals but am a firm believer that they communicate – even the ones our ears can’t pick up.
    I feel the sadness of the dog that loved you so but you are right; city life wouldn’t be for him.
    bless
    miriam

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    • Thanks for the nice comment, yes, it was very sad, I hated walking away from her, I could just about see tears in her eyes, she was so sad, it made me feel terrible.
      I still feel sad about it, try not to think about it, memories of years gone by.
      Have a nice weekend.

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  2. Great share Elsie! Enlightens me indeed. The pet dogs I had do “communicate” with me through noises they make of the way they cock their heads one side or ears move up or down. They know when to put their heads on my lap or nudge me when they want attention. One even selflessly charged ahead to get at a cobra when it slithered out of the woods to come at me. ☺

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    • Thanks for commenting, that was a wonderful thing for your dog to save you from a cobra, I know animals will do that.
      I had a cat that saved me from falling into a hole in the dark by leaping at me and making me step aside of the hole.
      A special cat that was, he always went for a walk with me over the farm, enjoyed digging rabbit burrows up and bringing the bunnies back to the house alive where my boys would rear them as pets.
      Thanks for your time, have a nice day.

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  3. A very interesting article. Dogs are so clever. We have a border collie who is very vocal and when I say hello to him when I come home it sounds just as if he is saying hello back but when I tell people they look at me as if I am mad!

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    • Love your response, I believe that he is saying hello to you, as the question I asked “Do animals talk” I believe some animals can repeat words that they hear often.
      Thanks for commenting, have a nice day.

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