Starting with two simple sheepdog rules, the robot then began to display new, unprogrammed behaviour.
Seagulls travel together in groups, but prefer to be alone when they feel sick.
Birds can usually sense when they are not feeling well and like many other creatures, seem to seek out-of-the-way places to be alone.
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Our work with the BBC's Animals With Cameras showed one family of meerkats had excavated a huge tangle of tunnels.
Magpies playing together often link feet and lie on the ground.
Danielle, the Magpie Whisperer
Magpies have long memories, and human behaviour towards them largely determines how they respond
Let’s just go our separate ways.
Sometimes a dog can have very good reasons for hating its humans.
How do they each know what to do?
Researchers identified simple behavioral rules that allow these tiny creatures to collaboratively build elaborate structures, with no one in charge.
Next best thing to a hidey-hole box?
Twitter recently blew up with posts wondering about the feline fascination with taped squares on the ground. An animal behavior expert explains it's not magic that draws Fluffy to the #CatSquare.
Dr. Tanya Pennell
New research into how wasps divide up their jobs shows how economics can be key to understanding animal behaviour.
Sulphur-crested cockatoos form long-term pair bonds, perhaps explaining their emotional intelligence.
For a long time it was not believed that animals were even capable of feeling pain, let alone complex emotions. We now know that is far from the truth.
Bonobo Jasongo at Leipzig Zoo has a hunch about what you’re thinking.
Realizing that others' minds hold different thoughts, feelings and knowledge than your own was thought to be something only people could do. But evidence is accumulating that apes, too, have 'theory of mind.'
I can definitely see you.
Man-made noise changes the way animals respond to danger – but prairie dogs have a surprising reaction.
Latrodectus hasseltii, the redback spider.
Toby Hudson/Wikimedia Commons
Be thankful you aren't a male redback spider.
The answer lies in the history we share with our canine companions.
Elephants form bonds from a very young age.
Older matriarchs lead elephant society. But they're also the primary targets of ivory poachers. When these socially critical individuals are killed, what happens to the rest of the group?
Urban noise pushes birds to sing in high pitch and ship sound deafens whales and dolphins.
John Haslam, Eric Bégin, IK's World Trip, Green Fire Productions, flickker photos, Jay Ebberly / Flickr
Noise pollution, whether on land or under water, can affect animals in interesting – and not always positive – ways.
There goes some precious DNA….
Researchers want your canine's DNA to help unravel the connections between genes and behavior – for dogs and human beings.
Tiny termites build mega mounds.
They're the soil-builders that allow Africa's arid savannas to be lush grasslands. What do they do inside their huge mounds – and how does a collective mind allow them to do it?