双语趣闻,行动才是最好的表达

It’s been accepted as fact for donkey’s years – but it seems mules aren’t stubborn after all。

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But in fact, experts say the animals are more adaptable and intelligent than horses and dogs。

One nightfall, a sheep was playing alone on the mountainside, when suddenly a wolf emerged from among the trees, wanting to eat the sheep, so the sheep jumped up, using his horns to defend himself with all his might, and loudly called out for his friends to save his life。

An animal behaviour expert decided to test the stubbornness of mules by setting up a problem-solving task involving a fence being placed in a pen with food on the other side。

The bull looked over from among a cluster of trees, saw there was a wolf, and ran away。

However, it was discovered that most horses and donkeys simply stopped in front of the obstacle and pause for some time。

The horse lowered its head and looked, discovered there was a wolf, and slipped away in a puff of smoke。

Mules were also more flexible in their unlearning than dogs

The mule stopped walking for a moment, discovered there was a wolf, and quietly slipped down the mountain。

The results showed that mules - the offspring of a female horse and male donkey - consistently spotted the gap almost immediately and bypassed the barrier。

The pig passed through there, found out there was a wolf, and rushed down the mountainside。

The fence was moved several times but the test found that mules as a group would always solve the problem faster than donkeys, horses, and dogs。

The rabbit listened a moment, then took off like a shot。

Dr Britta Osthaus carried out out the test on 12 of each group to get a clear indication of which species is better at problem solving。

From the bottom of the mountain, the dog heard the sheep’s cry, and ran quickly up the mountainside, came out of the grass in a flash, and in a moment had grabbed the wolf’s neck in his teeth, the wolf cried out in pain, and taking advantage of the dog’s intake of breath, ran away full of sorrow and fear。

Britta, 46, a senior lecturer in Applied Social Sciences at Canterbury University, Kent, said: ‘First I tested dogs on this task and was surprised how badly they performed。

[When the sheep] returned home, his friends all came over。

‘Then I thought that horses, mules and donkeys are prey animals, unlike dogs, and whether their thinking might be more efficient in this situation。

The bull said: Why didn’t you tell me? My horns could have gouged out the wolf’s intestines。

‘We don’t know much about the actual thinking abilities of horses, mules and donkeys and I was curious。

The horse said: Why didn’t you tell me? My hooves could have kicked the wolf’s skull apart。

‘I tested it on 12 of each。

Donkey said: Why didn’t you tell me? I could have brayed and startled the wolf so as to break his courage。

‘Mules were faster in their initial learning than both donkeys and horses and they were also more flexible in their unlearning than dogs and horses。

Pig said: Why didn’t you tell me? I could nuzzle him with my snout, and make him fall down the mountain。

‘Donkeys also outshone both dogs and horses in their flexibility, completely the opposite to what we expect from stubborn donkeys。’

Rabbit said: Why didn’t you tell me? I run fast, I could have spread the word。

骡子又呆又笨,一贯是公众认为的真情,但事实上骡子如同一点都不愚拙。据United Kingdom《每天邮报》电视发表,专家称骡子比马三保狗更明白,灵活性更加强。

In this noisy group, the only one who wasn’t present was the dog。

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