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Audio Stimulus Gets Cheetahs to Mate - April 3rd 2009, 01:28 AM


(Newser) – Man’s ingenuity has altered nature’s rhythms for the better at the San Diego Zoo, where an African cheetah cub was born after zookeepers helped her dad turn on her mom, the North Country Times reports. Park scientists used bioacoustics—human-altered animal sounds—to stimulate mating after they discovered that a male cheetah’s “stutter-bark” was raising hormone levels in female cheetahs.
A staff member morphed recordings of the aphrodisiac purr with his own vocalizations and played it inside the cheetah enclosure. The altered voice provoked the less experienced males to also purr, prompting mating. Man’s job is not yet done: Female cheetahs often kill or abandon single cubs, so the staff is hand-raising 6-week-old Amara.
I guess this is the cheetah equivalent of talking dirty. It's very interesting, however.

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Re: Audio Stimulus Gets Cheetahs to Mate - April 3rd 2009, 02:01 AM

That's.. weird.

I don't think people should be messing with that though, you know? Animals are living things, and while I'm not meaning to go all "PETA" but I think they shouldn't mess with animals emotions.

But yeah, it's a cool concept and stuff, it's neat we've come so far as to even find that out!

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Re: Audio Stimulus Gets Cheetahs to Mate - April 3rd 2009, 02:07 AM

So they found the animal equivalent to...Barry White?

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Re: Audio Stimulus Gets Cheetahs to Mate - April 3rd 2009, 03:35 AM

This could be use in other breeding programs....

So was the recording like the males wing man or something?

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Re: Audio Stimulus Gets Cheetahs to Mate - April 3rd 2009, 04:38 AM

I prefer the cheetahs to have little kittens or whatever they have so my children will be able to see them.

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Re: Audio Stimulus Gets Cheetahs to Mate - April 3rd 2009, 04:35 PM

I guess if it works, use it. Cheetahs are very difficult to keep in zoos, and mating is almost impossible. At least this way there will be little baby cheetahs. =D


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