African Wild Dogs Have A Voting System That Uses Sneezes

Samuel Reason | April 9th, 2018

A native wild dog to sub-Saharan Africa sometimes referred to as the African painted dog or the African hunting dog, has evolved to be a specialized carnivorous hunter. A highly social animal they live in packs that have a whole hierarchy of males and females.

assets.worldwildlife.org

One of the odd things that sets them apart from other social carnivores is that it is the females that leave the packs and not the males. Also, they have a great team spirit – letting the young feed on carcasses first. Even sharing the meat with the injured or weak. But one of the coolest things they do is a vote when it is time to hunt, how do they do that? By sneezing.

They have a very bizarre pattern when getting ready for the hunt. They start by taking positions that many dog owners will recognize – the dog that wants to go for a walk. Head down, mouth open and ears back, looking like a little puppy that wants to play. And then the dogs that were lower on the social hierarchy and probably hungrier due to being last to eat, they would all start to sneeze. Apparently trying to mobilize the rest of the pack and the leaders.

A sort of rally with a voting element to decide if the pack mobilized for a hunt or not. And the interesting thing was that it depended on the number of sneezes and who started the rally. A dominant dog in the pack required much less sneezes to get the hunt going. Whereas a dog on the lower side of their hierarchy would routinely fail to start a hunt. In fact, a prominent dog of the pack would only need about three sneezes whereas a lower member would need over ten.

Researchers have not been able to tell a difference between a voting sneeze and an actual sneeze, but it seems that the African wild dog can definitely tell the difference.

Next Article
  • The Time Stalin Ordered A Carbon Copy Of The B-29 Bomber

    In 1944, the USSR quickly realized that in terms of modern heavy bombers they were lacking behind. When reaching Berlin, they noticed that Britain and America air forces had been constantly bombing German cities at capacities that the USSR did not have. Luckily, on the other side of the world, America had been bombing Japanese...

    Read More
  • From Poverty To Becoming A Millionaire Oil Baron

    Sarah Rector was born in 1902 in Oklahoma on Muscogee Creek Indian allotted land to two parents who both came from enslaved ancestry. In 1907 when Oklahoma passed a law that ordered the Creeks land to be divided between the Creeks and also their former slaves. This meant that Sarah Rector and all her family...

    Read More
  • A North American Casino Was Hacked Via A Smart Fish Tank

    When it comes to browsing the internet most people are now aware of phishing scams where hackers try to fake popular websites and get you to give them your personal details. One casino in North American found out about an entirely different type of hack, one that had to do with actual fish. One of...

    Read More
  • In 1962 Maryland Declared Jousting Their Official State Sport

    One would have thought that jousting was reserved for a bygone time, the medieval ages. A time of knights, kings, and princesses; all galloping furiously on their noble steeds. Tipped from head to toy in ancient armor, jousting was a sport that was much loved for decades. Of course, as we entered the modern times...

    Read More
  • There Has Only Ever Been One Submarine VS Submarine Fight Ever!

    A famous film that dramatized underwater battle for the whole world to see is, of course, The Hunt For Red October, it portrayed a nerve-racking experience with crews deep under the ocean searching for their enemy with sonar. And though it is true that hunting undersea enemies is, of course,...

    Read More
  • Nuclear Pasta The Strongest Material In The Universe

    If you happen to be in the industry of creating the strongest materials in the universe, then you are in luck. We have the recipe and it only takes three easy steps: Find yourself one dying star and put into your favorite boiling pot, boil it until it goes supernova and explodes. Beware this could...

    Read More
  • Sometimes Little Galaxies Are Actually Cannibals

    Astronomers around the globe have long seen big galaxies like the Milkyway swallow up some of their little brothers and sisters. In fact, the sky is full of cannibals. They swallow up stars that are in their cosmic neighbors, and over time eat up whole galaxies. It seems only natural, that even in space, the...

    Read More