After studying Snowball, the YouTube cockatoo, as well as other animals who shake their tail feather on the site, scientists found that many of the species felt the beat of the music they heard -- and responded to it by simulating a "dance" that looks like human movement. But to my further surprise we are also familiar with the scientist that performed the study- a former Delawarian!
"I was very impressed," said Aniruddh Patel of The Neurosciences Institute in San Diego, who led the study. Patel and his colleagues studied 14 other species of birds and one elephant, all of who were shown "dancing" on YouTube. The study was published Thursday by the journal Current Biology.