Dog Born without Eyes Uses Echolocation to Navigate

Rowan, a German Spitz, was born without eyes. But he's able to navigate by barking and listening to the echo:

Mrs Orchard who breeds dogs at Spilmah Home Boarding in Potton, near Biggleswade, Beds added: "'When he's running around in the open it's just as if he were the same as the rest of my dogs.

''When he first started going out there were no leaves on the trees but when the leaves grew there was the rustling and we noticed the change in his behaviour.

'He would go out and to find his direction he would use his bark. It really does seem to be a form of echolocation.

You can watch a video of the dog at the link.

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Ehm... echolocation? Really? Gotta say, I'm quite a bit sceptical about that. Dogs will bark for a number of reasons, and I'd say it's quite an assumption to suggest he's listening to the echo rather than listening to other sounds / navigating by smell. Nothing in the video itself at least seemed to really suggest echolocation.

That said, yay for the dog and owner, he's obviously very loved and well-kept.
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Aw man, I love things like this, makes me all fuzzy inside and helps me realize how resilient animals truly are. I remember when I was about 13 and I was telling the mother of one of my friend's that people who are blind can use echolocation to 'see'. She argued with me, refusing to believe it was true because her ONE blind friend didn't use echolocation. Just because I can see doesn't mean I can do fucking gymnastics. That was the day that I realized just because someone is old, it definitely does NOT mean that they know what they are talking about.
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