We don’t know what to make of this, so we’ll just present it for your opinion: At the Fox News website we found: Scientists discover dogs’ preferred bathroom position. That article says, with bold font added by us:
Scientists discovered that dogs across a variety of breeds align their body axis with the Earth’s magnetic field (MF) when relieving themselves.
That’s something we’ve never noticed. Let us proceed:
70 dogs out of 37 different breeds — beagles and dachshunds and Yorkshire terriers, oh my! — were observed going number two 1,893 times and number one 5,582 times over the course of a two-year period. And they preferred to excrete when their body was aligned along the north-south axis under calm MF conditions, according to a new report in the journal Frontiers in Zoology.
That journal appears to be the real thing. Here’s a link to the paper: Dogs are sensitive to small variations of the Earth’s magnetic field. We’ll stay with the Fox News story, which then says:
“It is still enigmatic why the dogs do align at all, whether they do it ‘consciously’ … or whether its reception is controlled on the vegetative level (they ‘feel better/more comfortable or worse/less comfortable’ in a certain direction),” wrote researchers …
The next excerpt may cause you to check the calendar to see if this might be April first, but it’s not, and we’re quoting accurately. The ellipsis is in the Fox story:
“Our analysis of the raw data … indicates that dogs not only prefer N-S direction, but at the same time they also avoid E-W direction,” they wrote.
We checked that quote with the published paper. The ellipsis doesn’t have any significance. This is from the actual paper:
Our analysis of the raw data (not shown here) indicates that dogs not only prefer N-S direction, but at the same time they also avoid E-W direction.
One final excerpt from Fox:
This is the first time that magnetic sensitivity has been proven in dogs. But there are several other species that are also sensitive to the Earth’s magnetic field, the researchers said, including foxes, cattle and deer.
Besides magnetic sensitivity, there’s also celestial perception. We’re still intrigued by this: Dung Beetles Navigate by the Stars.
From now on, we shall pay even more attention than usual when our two splendid dogs go out to do what dogs must do. We’re already aware that they like to circle around before they settle on just the right spot, but we’ve never noticed their north-south alignment. Henceforth, we’ll be more observant.
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