Koshik the elephant has taught himself to imitate the words of his Korean trainers. He can say five words: "annyong" ("hello"), "anja" ("sit down"), "aniya" ("no"), "nuo" ("lie down"), and "choah" ("good"). He does this by sticking his trunk in his mouth. [eurekalert]
My parents had a welsh terrier who would say "Out" whenever he wanted to go out. Though the way he said it was more like "Oooouuuuuuuttttttt." He would only make the sound when he wanted to go out, and if you said the word 'out' he would go nuts, because he knew what it meant.
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Hairy, my dog, says the word "Park" but his "P" sound comes out like a "B" sound but we get the message just the same.
Back in the 70's we got a poodle pup. Back then the "big deal" was that poodles could "patty cake" (stand on hind legs and wave front paws around). By today's standards that's pretty lame stuff. The point I'm getting at is that critters are evolving and due to human interaction they're getting smarter fast enough that we can detect the changes in a single human life time.
If the mother ship doesn't arrive 45 days from now we may be out paced before too much longer. Hopefully the dogs will win out or we'll be subjected to cleaning up hair balls....
Posted by Expat47 in Prague, CZ on 11/06/12 at 11:21 AM
My purebred Golden Retriever (Ayly) can't talk with words. But she says so much in many other ways.