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There's a genetic side to animal welfare.
Say hello: The banded mongoose research group.
Jason Gilchrist: www.jasongilchrist.co.uk/research
New study reveals competition can trigger mass evictions in even the most cooperative of animal social groups.
The Spangled Drongo is a frequent mimic.
Australian birds are arguably among the smartest in the world, displaying complex behaviours comparable to those observed in great apes.
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?
No, I said I love YOU more.
Humans as well as zebra finches go through hurdles to find their perfect partner – and this may better ensure the survival of any offspring.
Zebras on the run can razzle-dazzle their enemies.
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Why does the zebra have stripes? Researchers are investigating whether it is to confuse predators when they're on the move.
Different clicking sounds can't be explained by genetics or different environments – the whales are learning from their relatives.
Dogs being dominant (left) and submissive (right).
Joanne van der Borg
Researchers have homed in on a number of behaviours that are associated with dominance and submission amongst groups of dogs.
A juvenile male black-throated mango hummingbird (
Anthracothorax nigricollis) extending his tongue after drinking nectar.
By filming these ultra-speedy feeders at transparent fake flowers, researchers finally figured out how hummingbirds slurp up the nectar so fast.
Nah I’m staying here, have already walked 20 metres today.
It's official: giant pandas are cool.
A hungry assassin bug father munches on one of his babies.
Why human fathers are worth celebrating.
Well if you’d just ASK someone Bernard…
Courtesy of Rob Nelson
When it comes to choosing locations, the leaders of baboon packs take a step back.
Make the next one a single.
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Lots of animals consume alcohol but only humans do it to get drunk.
No you can’t join. This is the cool table.
Baboons shed light on the irony of social networks: cliques limit information sharing.
Manifesto pledge: free oranges for all.
Social animals also have societies to run and voters to please.
“Remember, we’re all in this together.”
Altruistic behaviour is not just for humans, lab rat behaviour test shows.
Try putting an ice-cube in your mouth. The insides of your mouth and tongue instantly turn numb. Hold it in still and you will feel pain. Now try sucking on peppermint. The mint itself is at room temperature…
Natural selection has shaped many different animal groups, from V-like formations of bird flocks to circular mills of schooling fish. These shapes are the result of millions of years of evolution. Animals…
Just monkeying around.
I am always repeating the mantra that we should “work hard and play hard”. But is having fun professionally productive? As someone who studies animal behaviour I sometimes look to my experimental subjects…