Snowball the cockatoo bird who got Internet famous in the late 2000s when a video of him dancing to the beat of the Backstreet Boys went viral is back with some new brand of dance moves. Branded as the world’s first non-human animals that could hold a beat, researchers on Monday revealed that Snowball with the Mohawk feather is learning dance moves on his own, and has already come up with 14 different signature moves.
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“It helps show that this is a more complex cognitive ability than we had even first imagined,” Aniruddh D. Patel a cognitive scientist at Tufts University and an author of the study on Snowball published Monday in Current Biology, told The Washington Post.
Faring way beyond all other animals whose talent are taught or done for a reward, Snowball has been able to learning the moves based on the music and his own spontaneity.
“Snowball developed this behavior spontaneously,” Patel told the outlet. “He was never given a food reward for any of this. He was never taught to make dance moves.”