Snowball the dancing cockatoo gets serious scrutiny from science

first_imgEnlarge ImageSnowball got down for a Taco Bell ad. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET Ha, ha! Check this out! It’s a dancing cockatoo! This is how Snowball, a bird with a passion for dance, made the rounds as a viral video sensation getting down to the Backstreet Boys back in 2007. But Snowball is more than an amusement, he’s also the star of a new scientific study.Researchers are studying Snowball to learn how dancing can transcend the human condition and extend to our avian friends. “Spontaneity and diversity of movement to music are not uniquely human” is the title of a paper published Monday in the journal Current Biology.A previous parrot study (and one with a sea lion) showed some animals can keep a musical beat, but this new Snowball research suggests the bird is inventing moves as he goes.  1 The science team, led by cognitive neuroscientist Aniruddh Patel of Tufts University and Harvard University, filmed Snowball dancing to Queen’s Another One Bites the Dust and Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Want to Have Fun. They analyzed the bird’s movements.The researchers counted 14 distinct dance moves and two composite movements. Snowball’s skills included a body roll, head bobs, foot lifts, head banging and a move reminiscent of Madonna’s ’90s Vogue dance craze. Snowball’s dance snippets tended to be performed for several seconds each, and he changed up his routine each time he heard a song again. “What’s most interesting to us is the sheer diversity of his movements to music,” Patel said in a statement on Monday. The study suggests Snowball may be displaying creativity in his dancing. The research team is currently investigating if the cockatoo’s capers are a form of social interaction with his human caregivers. Sea lion may be first nonhuman mammal to keep a beat Cussing rescue parrot forges sweet Amazon Alexa friendship 11 Photos The researchers said a collection of shared traits between humans and parrots might be responsible for Snowball’s dancing prowess: “(1) complex vocal learning, (2) the capacity for nonverbal movement imitation, (3) a tendency to form long-term social bonds, (4) the ability to learn complex sequences of actions, and (5) attentiveness to communicative movements.”Snowball’s talent first came to light after he was taken in by the Bird Lovers Only rescue agency in South Carolina in 2007. Besides his viral fame, he also starred in a Taco Bell commercial.Snowball seems to be showing that cutting a rug and getting creative with it isn’t just for people. Perhaps he’ll earn himself an invite to Dancing with the Stars. Commentcenter_img 11 spectacular suits of animal battle armor (pictures) Curious critters Share your voice Tags Sci-Techlast_img read more

Throwback Why wasnt Hazel Keech interested in Yuvraj Singh

first_imgHazel Keech, Yuvraj SinghInstagramYuvraj Singh has made headlines as much for his affairs off-field as much he has for his striking performance on-field. From being in a steady relationship with Kim Sharma to dating a number of actresses before finally setting his eyes on Hazel Keech, Yuvraj’s love story is nothing less than a Bollywood script.On Kapil Sharma’s show, Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech had once revealed how their relationship began. Talking about that phase, Yuvraj had said that he once he saw her and liked her, he wanted to meet her. But, Hazel just wasn’t interested in him. Yuvraj first approached Hazel on Facebook where she took a long, long time to accept his friend request. And once she did, Yuvraj pushed to meet her.What’s surprising is that it took Yuvraj three years to convince her to meet him. Every time they used to decide a date and time, Keech used to turn off her phone on that particular day and not show up. This happened a number of times over a period of three years, post which, Hazel finally gave up seeing Yuvraj’s perseverance and patience.Hazel had revealed on the show that for her family, Yuvraj was a really big name but, since she wasn’t interested in cricket at all, she considered him at par. In fact, she never tried to Google him or find out more about him through the internet or their common friends.However, once the duo met in person, there was no looking back for the two. Hazel and Yuvraj got along like a house on fire at their very first meet and struck a rapport. It took the couple a few more years of dating before they finally decided to tie the knot. Yuvraj popped the question in the most romantic, surprising way to Hazel Keech in Bali and of course, she said yes.last_img read more