Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Pug aces math test!

A 3-year-old dog living in a Northwest Province of China, knows how to add, subtract, multiply and divide numbers up to 10.

The small, white pug known as "WaWa" ( meaning "baby"), can correctly answer questions such as "How many is 2+2 equal to?" and "How many is 3 x 3 equal to?"
WaWa responds by barking the appropriate number of times and sitting when finished.

To test the claims, a reporter visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Pang where Wawa lives.

"How many is 9 divided by 3 equal to?" asked the reporter. Wawa barked 3 times and sat on the floor.
Skeptics, believing that Mr. Pang was covertly signaling the answers to Wawa, decided to test the dog without Mr. Pang present. Wawa still responded with perfect accuracy.

Mr. Pang says he began tutoring Wawa in math two years ago after noticing that the pooch showed a natural sensitivity to numbers. He began with hand gestures, showing one finger and saying, "Wawa, this is one," and training the dog to bark once. After a few weeks, Wawa graduated to 2, 3, 4 and so on. Within 6 months, the precocious pup had mastered 1-10 and began learning arithmetic operations.

What's next for Wawa? Geometry, maybe. Everyone knows dogs love to sink their teeth into pi.