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