Posts Tagged ‘Babies’

Mom finds snake coiled on baby’s leg in crib

June 11, 2008

A Long Island animal shelter is a temporary home for a 1-foot-long snake that a mother found coiled on her 7-month-old daughter’s leg as the baby slept in a crib.

Cari Abatemarco of upstate Troy says she was visiting family in Brentwood last week when her baby’s cries woke her one night. She tells Newsday that she found a snake wrapped around her daughter’s leg.

Abatemarco says she lifted her daughter and the snake fell off. A relative removed the snake from the crib and placed it in a bucket until animal control officers arrived.

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PHOTOS: A dog’s guide to hugging a baby

May 8, 2008

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Birds Babble Like Babies

May 5, 2008

Baby birds are like baby humans on at least one score: they both babble. But as songbirds grow up, they make the switch from babbling to singing by flipping to a different brain circuit, new research finds, suggesting a new view of human infant behavior.

We should toss out the idea that babbling is an undeveloped adult behavior, said study leader Dmitriy Aronov of MIT. “Maybe we should think of these behaviors as being the presence of exploration … of creativity,” he told LiveScience.

Some scientists have thought that a single brain pathway matures to produce song in birds. In the study detailed in the May 2 issue of the journal Science, however, male zebra finches were found to use one circuit for babbling as juveniles and another for singing as adults.

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