Careful, They Might Hear You

goldfish.jpgDon’t mention any of your passwords while you’re standing near the fish tank. You may come home to find your computer’s been hijacked by your goldfish.

You might feel safe talking about private matters near your pet fish, thinking that they will have forgotten all about it in six seconds, but don’t be fooled, they do remember and it took a 15 year old named Rory Stokes to prove it.

Rory’s findings were reported a couple of days ago in this article at He proved that pet fish have a memory that lasts at least six days and possibly longer.

A 15-year-old South Australian school student has busted the myth that goldfish have a three second memory.

Rory Stokes, from the Australian Science and Mathematics School in Adelaide, conducted an experiment to test the commonly held theory that goldfish have short memory spans.

I always knew that the short term memory thing was an urban legend. The fish in the big tank at work rush towards the glass when they see a human heading their way first thing in the morning. They know that a human will feed them in the morning. Once they’ve been fed they ignore any other people wandering past for the rest of the day.

One of the things Rory wanted to demonstrate is that it’s cruel to keep fish in small tanks. The short term memory theory was always a good excuse when people wanted to put fish into a tiny container. They would use the excuse that fish weren’t aware of their cramped environment becuase it looked new to them every six seconds.

I will admit that I’ve never understood the attraction of keeping fish anyway. I think they make a darn good meal but they’re not my idea of a pet.

Now all we need is to find a way for fish to communicate with us. They might then be able to remind us of the things we forget. If their memory lasts for six days or more, that’s about five and a half days longer than some people can remember where they’ve left their keys.

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I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat

catandmouse.JPGWe’ve been hearing the pitter patter of very tiny feet at our place over the past few weeks.

James decided late last year that he’d like to keep mice and since then has read a few books and lots of websites to make sure that he would know just what to do if we allowed him to get some small furry friends.

Pauline and I decided that a couple of mice shouldn’t cause too many problems and that it could be good for a nine year old to learn to care for pets, so we gave him permission to get two females. We got a heap of mousy stuff from Freecycle and my sister purchased two mice for James as a late Christmas present.

I’m very much an animal person. I love cats, dogs and many other creatures but I’m yet to really warm to the mice. I don’t dislike them, I simply don’t really care for them.

Our cat, Gizmo, finds the idea very interesting. James has named the mice Tigger and Piglet but I think Gizmo might prefer to call them lunch and dinner. Mind you, she sometimes puts her nose up to the cage and rubs noses with Piglet who is the more adventurous of the two rodents. Most of the time the cat just ignores them.

What kind of pets do you keep?

We always had cats and dogs when I was growing up. Did you have pets when you were young?

DISCLAIMER: No, this isn’t turning into a cat blog. 🙂

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