Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Prairie Dogs Do the Wave

Prairie dogs have their own version of a stadium wave, known as the “jump-yip,” which helps them connect with others and assess their alertness, new research finds. Like a stadium wave, the behavior is contagious, starting with one individual and then often spreading through a whole prairie dog town, according to a paper in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The “jump-yip” is pretty noisy too.

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