Animal behaviour

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Gulls choose what to eat by watching humans, study suggests
Research on gulls in Brighton found birds can work out which scraps are worth snaffling by watching what humans are eating

Ian Sample Science editor

24, May, 2023 @5:01 AM

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Champion of the gorillas: the vet fighting to save Uganda’s great apes
Under the watchful and resourceful eye of award-winning conservationist Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, Uganda’s threatened mountain gorilla population has made an impressive recovery – as has the local community

Fleur Britten

23, Apr, 2023 @11:00 AM

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I tried cold-water immersion – and was vigorously courted by a catfish | Jessie Cole
I felt his body glide against my back. Why does this whiskery creature want to get so close?

Jessie Cole

22, Apr, 2023 @12:00 AM

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Parrots taught to video call each other become less lonely, finds research
US study got owners to train their pets to contact other birds using a touchscreen tablet

Hannah Devlin Science correspondent

21, Apr, 2023 @4:36 PM

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Sex on the beach: pressures of extreme polygamy may be driving southern elephant seals to early death
Study finds males, who can command a harem of up to 100 females, driven to gain weight as quickly as possible by foraging in areas full of predators

Donna Lu Science writer

22, Mar, 2023 @2:13 AM

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Social rules help varied personalities work as a team, fish study shows
Stickleback foraged more efficiently with conventions present than when individuals behaved independently

Nicola Davis, Science correspondent

02, Mar, 2023 @7:00 PM

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Flock me! The day I became a hero to some disdainful sheep
While staying on a Welsh farm, I was given the task of feeding a bunch of ewes. It was the first time a sheep took notice of me

Adrian Chiles

22, Feb, 2023 @2:53 PM

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Goffin’s cockatoos able to use toolset to complete tasks
Parrot can figure out how to use a tool, pick the most suitable one and even transport a set together

Nicola Davis Science correspondent

10, Feb, 2023 @4:00 PM

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Feline uncertain? Cats do give clues if the fur’s about to fly, study finds
Study of 105 pairs of interacting felines decodes the cat behaviour that puzzles humans – and flags up the unsubtle battle cry of claws and yowling

Nicola Davis Science correspondent

26, Jan, 2023 @5:16 PM

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Humans able to understand other apes better than thought, research suggests
Study from St Andrew’s University gauges ability of people to interpret bonobo and chimpanzee gestures

Nicola Davis Science correspondent

24, Jan, 2023 @7:00 PM

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‘To sit with him, to feel the softness of his fur’: what makes me happy now
In a series of short essays, writers consider what happiness means to them now, after the reckoning of the past few years

Ashley Hay

21, Jan, 2023 @7:00 PM

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Altruism towards other species may have helped humans thrive, study finds
How toddlers interact with dogs helps explain how humans came to domesticate animals, scientists say

Ian Sample Science editor

16, Jan, 2023 @6:00 AM

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