Ants nurse wounded soldiers back to health — study
PARIS, France — African Matabele ants dress the wounds of comrades injured during hunting raids and nurse them back to health, according to an “astonishing” discovery reported Wednesday.
After collecting their wounded from the battlefield and carrying them back home, nestmates become medics, massing around patients for “intense licking” of open wounds, according to a study in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
This behavior reduces the fatality rate from about 80 percent of injured soldiers to a mere 10 percent, researchers observed.
The study claimed to be the first to show such nursing behavior in any non-human animal.
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