Joined a friend of mine spontaneously to a barber today. He butchered my Hobbit curls. Now I look normal and no longer like the derelict student that I am. I feel weird.
There have been cases of chimps and other animals displaying cruelty and ironically it does tend to center around species with high intelligence. Dolphins are known to kill for fun instead of just around the instinct to feed for instance. There is probably far more that we are unaware of because we don't pay attention to it in our daily lives. But you are correct that many animals live solely on instinct and do not have self awareness or the capacity for cruelty and many are incapable of higher intelligence (but there are cases that have shown otherwise as well).
OK, slight change of topic. I need advice on something that's probably trivial.
I have DSL internet connection. The phone and modem both plug into the same wall outlet, then there's a splitter. A couple of weeks ago the splitter got destroyed (yes, cat attack) and I bought a new one.
Since then, if I use the phone, my internet connection drops. Luckily, I don't use the landline often so it's a mild annoyance rather than a major problem. Is it likely to be just that I got a faulty splitter, or are there actually different types of splitter around?
That makes sense. So I bought the wrong kind of splitter. The picture of the Z-Blocker on that link bears an uncanny resemblance to the one that the cats destroyed.
Your cats managed to destroy a Z-Blocker?? Telcos use those because they're more or less indestructible, and hardly ever the cause of service calls. I didn't think anything short of a pit bull using it for a chew toy could hurt one.