Posted by: Lister | March 29, 2008

Conan the Chihuahua

‘Praying’ dog at Japanese temple:

Conan, a Chihuahua, sits on his hind legs, raises his paws and puts them together at the tip of his nose.

“He may be showing his thanks for treats and walks,” says a priest at Jigenin temple on Okinawa island.

[…] Mr Yoshikuni said it only took Conan a few days to imitate the motions of praying.

“I think he saw me doing it all the time and got the idea to do it too,” he said.

A very rational explanation for the behaviour, which could be extended to other imitators.

(via Bokonon at JREF).

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