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Which animal are you most likely to study if given all the time and resources you need?

Asked by mazingerz88 (28799points) February 8th, 2013

What fascinates you about this animal? Would you study it in a controlled setting or in its natural habitat?

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nofurbelowsbatgirl's avatar

Most definitely would love to observe the Wild Horses of Sable Island in their natural habitat. Being bipolar I have found horses calm me down and simply I just have to watch them, and if they come to me that is the most awesome experience to me.

I do not agree with laboratory studies on any animals, big, small, bug, rodent, or furry creature or any type of animal. I feel so sorry for them. :(

dxs's avatar

Ants. They’re so interesting. Socializing and cleaning up and what not. I heard they sleep for two-minute intervals.

HolographicUniverse's avatar

The homo sapien.
I already, somewhat, fit the description.
Both in their natural environment and in the context of a controlled environment (depending upon research)

laineybug's avatar

Sloths. I want to figure out how they can be so stupid and yet so great.

Brian1946's avatar


You’ve expressed such sweet sentiments about animals in your answer. :-)

Is Sable Island near Australia?

SamandMax's avatar

Bats. I love ‘em, and I don’t know half as much as I probably should do about them given that I’ve shared a house with a colony of them. I think they’re lovely creatures. Especially the Fruit Bat.

RandomGirl's avatar

Let’s see… You might say I study people. I have a layperson’s interest in psychology (haven’t taken any formal classes yet, and I don’t know if I’d be good in one). I just enjoy talking to people, developing relationships, and helping the people around me, whether it be just through a simple conversation or a listening ear.
But, also, people watching in Walmart is quite the excursion. ;)
Talking about animals, though… Nah, I wouldn’t want to spend a whole lot of time studying animals. Just not my cup of tea. If I had all the money, resources, and time, I would set up shop on Main Street, USA and make the world a better place. Right then and there. If I help one person get through a hard time in their life, it’ll be worth it.

I guess that wasn’t what you were going for here, was it…

nofurbelowsbatgirl's avatar

@Brian1946 awwe, thanks for the kind words :)

Actually Sable Island is located in my neck of the woods and would take over a day and a half for me to get there but just to be specific in a wikipedia way: “Sable Island (French: ”île de Sable”) is a small island situated 300 kilometres (190 mi) southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and about 175 kilometres (109 mi) southeast of the closest point of mainland Nova Scotia
 in the Atlantic Ocean.  :)

bookish1's avatar

The platypus.
Because its existence blows my mind. An egg-laying mammal. With flippers and a bill. That has poison spines!!
So weird, and yet so cute.

Sunny2's avatar

A cedar waxwing. I know they cooperate with and support the others in their flock. I’d like to read more details.

bookish1's avatar

Raoul Duke: There’s a uh, big machine in the sky, some kind of, I dunno, electric snake, coming straight at us.
Dr. Gonzo: Shoot it.
Raoul Duke: Not yet, I want to study its habits.

gondwanalon's avatar

The humming birds of Ecuador. The diversity of the many beautiful species of hummers that lives there is astounding. The impact of an encroaching modern world on these specialized and delicate birds would me an interesting challenge.

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Insects! To be more specific, I love butterflies, I’d like to study some of the more exotic ones, like the Swallowtail butterflies. Of course it would be better to study them in their natural environment, if I had the time and resources. I read that a type of butterfly in that particular species is so hard to catch that entomologists prefer to catch the caterpillar and then study/impale the butterfly in a contained environment. Might be an urban legend. (I think it’s one in India, really can’t remember)

Also, panthers are really fucking cool, as are owls. I would study those. In their natural elements if possible. Big cats are cool, I’d also like to study some, like the lynx and the puma. In their natural element, again. Studying animals in their natural element must be a hell of a hard job, though.

SamandMax's avatar

a lynx is not a big cat, just so’s you know

Berserker's avatar

Fine, it’s a medium cat. still a pretty damn big cat

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ucme's avatar

Fuck-billed-twattypuss, they’re awesome…funny too.

syz's avatar

Puma are not considered big cats either. It has to do with purring vs. roaring.

I’d love to study insects. I considered going to graduate school for entomology.

Sunny2's avatar

^^^Insects are a great study. So much variation and complicated abilities.

deni's avatar

If I had the resources, I would study deep sea creatures. They are insanely fascinating and we have barely touched the tip of the iceberg as far as discovering deep sea life, so….yep.

But otherwise, I think echidnas are really interesting, and also platypus and komodo dragons and lemurs.

mattbrowne's avatar

Bonobos. I like their sex lives.

deni's avatar

@mattbrowne Oh yes. They are incredible!

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