May 1, 2009

Fun Friday: Dancing Parrots

One of the web's biggest viral videos of 2007 was Snowball the parrot dancing to the Backstreet Boys:

Scientists saw this on YouTube and searched for other YouTube videos of dancing animals to discover if these animals really are dancing to music and hearing the beat or are just trained to do some routine. As it turns out, parrots and elephants, like humans, can actually "dance" to a musical beat. For more on this, be sure to check out this NPR story. And be sure to click on the Who Dances Better? Snowball or Napoleon video on the NPR site!

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