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Wild Dogs Sneeze to Decide Whether They're Ready to Hunt

A new study has shown that African wild dogs make collective group decisions by using sneezing to see if there's a quorum. The more sneezes, the more likely they'd go off to hunt.
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Something to sneeze about: Democratic voting in African wild dog packs

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Scientists studying African wild dogs in Botswana have found members of this endangered species use sneezes to vote on when the pack will move off and start hunting.

ScienceTake: Wild Dogs Sneeze When They are Ready to Hunt

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The number of African wild dogs in a pack who sneeze determines whether or not the pack goes on a hunt.

Democracy By Sneeze: When Wild Dogs Must Decide, They Vote With Their Noses

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When it might be time to move, African wild dogs take a poll with an odd electoral instrument: sneezing. The more sneezes, the more likely it is the pack will move, according to a new study.

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If you want to get something done in an African wild dog pack, you've got to be ready to sneeze. The animals seem to make group decisions based on a system of explosive exhalations — "sneezes" — that determine if they get up and go ...

African Wild Dogs Vote on Crucial Pack Issues by Sneezing

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When faced with a group decision, African wild dogs can't fill out a ballot or raise a hand (paw). But they can sneeze. And that, scientists reported Tuesday, is how they seem to decide important matters, like whether it's time for ...


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