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I get by with a little help from...mongooses?

Warthogs in Uganda may find themselves being bitten by ticks. A solution? Lie down and let the mongooses climb on them to snack on said ticks. This type of relationship, where both species benefit, is called a mutualism. Read more here.

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Group living necessitates cleanliness

Some insect species are highly social, while others, even if closely related, are not. Scientists recently compared groups of social and asocial ants, bees, wasps, and termites. The more social species had weaker immune systems, but also tend to demonstrate high levels of hygiene and mutual grooming, which may be essential to their survival.

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Ugly and overlooked

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A new study shows that conservation efforts in Australia are typically focused on the "good" (aka cute) species, while those most in need, such as native rodents and bats, are overlooked.

 

This trend is not specific to Australia, as the Ugly Animal Preservation Society has tried to shed light on this problem for years (their motto: "We can't all be pandas")!

 

 

Does Animal Assisted Therapy Work? 

It might seem intuitive to animal lovers that being with animals would be a good thing, and that is what much of the research on animal assisted therapy suggests. The problem is that these studies are fraught with problems (such as lack of controls and small sample sizes) that make it hard to trust the results. Perhaps the field needs some outreach on experimental design?? Hal Herzog tells us what's up here.

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