Paolo Zucca

Paolo Zucca

DVM PhD BSc Psychol.

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Object permanence in Eurasian jays (Garrulus glandarius) was investigated using a complete version of the Uzgiris and Hunt scale 1. Nine hand-raised jays were studied, divided into two groups according to their different developmental stages (experiment 1, older jays: 2-3 months old, n = 4; experiment 2, younger jays: 15 days old, n = 5). In the fi...
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Brain lateralization is common among vertebrates. However, despite its implications for higher-order cognitive functions, almost no empirical evidence has been provided to show that it may confer any advantage to the functioning of the brain. Here, we show in the domestic chick (Gallus gallus domesticus) that cerebral lateralization is associated w...
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Legislation on non-commercial transport of pets among within the EU Member States and entry from Third Countries is complex. It is not always easy and intuitive to apply it, especially during road controls. The Bio-Crime Center has decided to create a set of standard operating procedures (SOPs) in order to facilitate law enforcement during the cont...
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Illegal animal trade (pet, wildlife, animal products, etc.) is an example of transnational organized crime (T.O.C.) that generates a large business with huge profit margins. This criminal activity causes several negative effects on human health (zoonoses), animal health and welfare, market protection, consumer fraud and may be used as tool of agro/...
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It only took one of the many Coronaviruses to remind man of his evolutionary weaknes- ses and to highlight how we must quickly stop exploiting animals and the planet in order to prevent the extinction of our species. Man considers himself the most intelligent living species, but forgets that intelligence is a secondary effect of evolution and does...
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The illegal trade of animals poses several health issues to the global community, among which are the underestimated risk for spillover infection and the potential for an epizootic in both wildlife and domestic naïve populations. We herein describe the genetic and antigenic characterization of viruses of the specie Carnivore protoparvovirus 1 detec...
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Diseases that are naturally transmitted from animals to humans are called zoonoses or zoonotic diseases. More than 70% of all human infectious diseases came from animals, including Ebola, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV/AIDS), avian influenza and Monkeypox. The COVID-19 pandemic is also a novel zoonosis, caused by a coronavirus that probably came...
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Cognitive biases are consistent and predictable mental errors caused by our simplified information processing strategies. Some cognitive-ecological biases have a negative and specific impact on the organization of Intelligence Communities and in particular on the mechanisms of integration of competencies between Medical and Cyber Intelligence, and...
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The illegal trade of companion animals in the European Union poses several legal, ethical and health issues to the entire community. In the framework of the Biocrime Interreg project between Italy and Austria, we surveyed puppies and kittens confiscated at the borders to identify the most frequent pathogens associated with (i) the risk of spread wi...
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Brain lateralization is generally considered adaptive for an individual and it can be ascertained, for example, by measuring the preferential use of limbs. Avian models have been extensively used to investigate the evolution and the advantages of brain lateralization. Birds of prey are a good model to study motor laterality, however to date they ha...
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The illusory white triangle developed by the Italian perception psychologist Gaetano Kanisza (1955), has been merged with the three components of the theoretical framework of One Health represented by Humans, Animals and the Environment. If you focus your attention on every single component of the triad one at a time, you don’t see any triangle bec...
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The ability to predict and manage global risks requires the integration of cyber and medical intelligence competencies by personnel with specialist and generalist skills.
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The European Community is facing an exponential increase in transnational organized crime (T.O.C.) characterized by the fact that carrying out a criminal activity in one country generates negative effects on many other countries. Illegal pet and wildlife trade is a classic example of this criminal phenomenon that generates a huge business with high...
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More than 60% of the 1,700 infectious diseases that affect human come from animals and zoonotic pandemics, after starting from sporadic phenomena limited to rural areas, have become a global emergency. The repeated and frequent zoonotic outbreaks such as the most recent COVID-19 pandemic can be attributed also to human activities. In particular, th...
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The purpose of this study was to explore the naïve knowledge of the One Health concept/Zoonotic risk among adolescents in 6 different countries (Italy, Austria, Slovenja, Germany, Mauritius and Japan). The spread of diseases that are transmissible from animals to humans (zoonoses) in the human population is often related to anthropic activities and...
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Cerebral lateralization is the portioning of the cognitive functions between the two cerebral hemispheres. Several factors, like embryological manipulations, light exposure, health conditions, sex and age can influence the left-right brain asymmetries and contribute to increasing the variability in the strength and direction of laterality within mo...
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Brain asymmetry--i.e. the specialisation of each cerebral hemisphere for sensorimotor processing mechanisms and for specific cognitive functions-is widely distributed among vertebrates. Several factors, such as embryological manipulations, sex, age, and breeds, can influence the maintenance, strength, and direction of laterality within a certain ve...
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Bats, in terms of variety of species and their absolute numbers, are the most successful mammals on earth. The anatomical and functional peculiarities of Microchiroptera are not confined only to the auditory system; the wings (hands) of bats are unique both from an anatomical point of view as from a sensorial one. They are much thinner than those o...
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Two categories of behaviour involving lateralized posture were observed in semi-natural conditions in ostriches (Struthio camelus). Observing preferences for left or right foot, both in the forward foot posture (the foot standing in front at rest) and the starting foot used to initiate locomotion, a population-level right-foot preference was shown...
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Mediterranean herring gulls (Larus cachinnans) were investigated as a possible reservoir of antibiotic resistant bacteria and of cassette-borne resistance genes located in class 1 integrons. Two hundred and fourteen isolates of the family Enterobacteriaceae were collected from cloacal swabs of 92 chicks captured in a natural reserve in the North Ea...
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Quails were tested for leftward and rightward turning preferences in a detour task. When facing a mirror located behind a barrier composed of vertical bars, quails showed a striking population-level preference for turning leftward. In order to check whether the asymmetry reflected a motor or a sensory (i.e. visual hemifield) bias, in a second exper...
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INTRODUCTIONFEATHERSWING CLAWHEADBONESWINGSFEETPEDIGRAMSTAILDIGESTIVE SYSTEMRESPIRATORY SYSTEMSIGHT, HEARING AND SMELL IN RAPTORSBRAIN AND BEHAVIOUR: PECULIARITIES OF THE AVIAN BRAINSTRENGTH AND PAIN, SOLITUDE AND FEARACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
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Parole chiave: capacità cognitive, lateralizzazione cerebrale, mente e benessere animale SUMMARY -People frequently think that intelligence is not widely distributed in the animal kingdom. Some species like dolphins, dogs, primates or parrots are considered to be quite in-telligent while the remnant animals are considered to be more similar to inst...
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We recorded preferential use of the left and right monocular visual field in black-winged stilts, Himantopus himantopus, during predatory pecking and during courtship and mating behaviour in a naturalistic setting. The stilts had a population-level preference for using their right monocular visual field before predatory pecking; pecks that followed...
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Detour behaviour is the ability of an animal to reach a goal stimulus by moving round any interposed obstacle. It has been widely studied and has been proposed as a test of insight learning in several species of mammals, but few data are available in birds. A comparative study in three species of birds, belonging to different eco-ethological niches...
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A mature male Risso's dolphin (Grampus griseus) stranded along the coasts of Friuli Venezia Giulia, northeast Italy, in May 2001. Parasitic infection with Crassicauda grampicola is often found in the tympanic bullae and pterygoid sinuses in many of the Risso's dolphins examined from the same area. For this reason, it was decided to perform computed...
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Two-week-old quails (Coturnix coturnix) were trained to discriminate food grains scattered randomly on a background of small pebbles of similar size adhering to the floor and differing from the grains in texture and hue ("pebble floor task"). Quails tested binocularly or with only their right eye in use showed less pecking to the pebbles and more p...

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