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Animal Behavior

Birds can sense extreme weather events and storms more than 24 hours in advance

By Huff: (NaturalNews) An experiment on bird migration patterns has inadvertently revealed that some bird species possess a unique ability to detect inclement weather hours or even days before it hits. Researchers from the Universities of Tennessee and Minnesota found that the golden-winged warbler, which travels to the Appalachian mountains from Columbia during the northern hemisphere summer, can detect bad weather up to 24 hours in advance, giving it plenty of time to evacuate.

Animals instinctively turn to natural medicine to improve their health

By Benson:(NaturalNews) When animals get sick, the last thing they think of doing is heading down to the local CVS for a prescription. New research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) reveals that animals both wild and domestic instinctively seek out natural remedies when illness besets them, demonstrating the true power of nature as medicine.

Humans are not the only animals to engage in war - Similar behaviors are seen in chimpanzees, wolves, lions and even ants

There are two broad categories of behavior that, in humans, may be labeled as "war." The first and most familiar to us are large-scale battles between two or more opposing forces. Similar behavior is seen in many species of ants and other social insects, in which battles may take place between tens of thousands of individuals from different colonies. Most of these battles take place over territory. Insects deploy a wide variety of tactics in these battles -- including, in at least one termite species, suicide bombing! As they age, workers in the species Neocapritermes taracua fill up with toxic blue crystals. In battle, the termites explode, spraying their enemies with poison.

Your cat thinks you are a big, lazy mama cat

The age-old battle between cat lovers and dog lovers over which creature is preferable as a house pet just got a little more interesting. A new book by a prominent feline researcher who has been studying cats for over 30 years reveals what many of us have suspected about the true nature of cats: that they view us humans as oversized, lazy mama cats and, perhaps not surprisingly, generally view humans as something other than companions.