The misfit male ring-tailed lemurs rely on two sounds: a moan to keep tabs on their group and a “hmm” sound to signal friendliness to the few other ring-tailed lemurs that will put up with them, says a study recently published in the journal Ethology. Ring-tailed lemurs, which live almost exclusively on the African island of Madagascar, have a repertoire of nearly two dozen vocal calls. But the researchers say theirs is the first study to try decoding the hmm call in the wild.
Wonder Woman certainly got her due at the box office, but many female animals have superpowers that we seldom hear about. Velvet worms live in female-dominated groups of about 15 individuals. When it's time to mate, several males will place sperm packets on any part of the larger female’s skin, which she absorbs and stores separately—according to the male—in her sperm receptacle. (See "6 Fierce Animal Moms That Go to Extremes For Their Young.")
Predators such as crocodiles and big cats lie in wait as the herd of more than one million makes its 1,000-mile loop across the savannas of Tanzania and Kenya. But one of the most serious—and overlooked—threats of this overland migration is drowning. With thousands crossing the Mara River at the same time, scores of the antelopes are swept away by the current. (Read how wildebeest know when to migrate.)
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Selecting a term
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