Monka (named after a Russian anti-personnel Mon-50 mine). She is with 58th Independent Motorized Infantry Brigade, a formation of the Ukrainian Ground Forces in the war zone, Eastern Ukraine. She is so called because she is small and agile, always at the center of events. When Monka starts looking for shelter, everyone knows - soon something will happen, enemy artillery or rifle fire will start working. Monka shares with Ukrainian men and women soldiers all the severity of the war: mud, cold and danger. Also, their food, the best and tastiest bits always go to Monka. Monka sends good wishes to all of you and says that Victory is close.
Talking to horses as we talk to young children Credit: B. Lemaire - IFCE Many people instinctively use baby-talk when talking to their pets, often characterized by a high-pitched voice and exaggerated intonations. The same is true for many riders with their horses. But are horses sensitive to this type of speech? Ethologists from INRAE and IFCE (French Horse and Riding Institute) have decided to find out. Their results, published on 18th March in Animal Cognition, show that horses are more attentive and seem to better understand our intentions when spoken to this way. This method could therefore be adopted by riders and breeders to facilitate daily interactions and improve animal welfare. In psychology, "motherese," "parentese" or infant-directed speech (IDS) are terms used to describe the way parents talk to their babies. This way of talking to young children has been the subject of multiple studies and it is known to have numerous benefits-fostering