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'Ronan the Seal' Dances to Songs (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Researchers at the University of California at Santa Cruz announced in The Journal of Comparative Psychology and in a video (below) that they found a seal named 'Ronan' who is “the first non-human mammal to be able to keep a beat.”

“These findings show that the capacity for entrainment of movement to rhythmic sounds does not depend on a capacity for vocal mimicry, and may be more widespread in the animal kingdom than previously hypothesized,” said the study on Psycnet.APA.org.

“Once she had learned, without any further training, Ronan was able to find and keep the beat in complex stimuli, including music,” said a researcher in the YouTube video.

“These findings show that the capacity for entrainment of movement to rhythmic sounds does not depend on a capacity for vocal mimicry, and may be more widespread in the animal kingdom than previously hypothesized,” states the study.

Sources: Psycnet.APA.org and YouTube