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An octopus and its coconut-carrying antics have surprised scientists. Underwater footage reveals that the creatures scoop up halved coconut shells before scampering away with them so they can later use them as shelters.


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Two troops of baboons have been filmed going to war, with hundreds of monkeys entering into a pitched battle. The fight, filmed by the BBC Natural History Unit, appears to be triggered by male baboons attempting to steal females from the harems of rivals.


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For the first time, chimpanzees have been seen using tools to chop up and reduce food into smaller bite-sized portions.


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If you thought animals and plants were not particularly smart, then it is time to think again.


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Male fish that nibble parasites off larger fish punish females of the species when they bite and drive off the bigger fish.
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A tiny rodent may have the most sophisticated language of any animal. ... With a single bark, he says, a prairie dog may warn about the type and direction of an encroaching predator, and even describe its colour. If confirmed, that means the chattering rodents communicate in a more complex way than even monkeys or dolphins.


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Dogs "automatically imitate" the body movements of their owners, according to a study.


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The dolphins have become shell-collectors, using their snouts to pick up and transport large conchs. The dolphins seek out the shells to hunt fish that are sheltering within.


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Drongos in the Kalahari mimic the alarm calls of other species in order to steal food, scientists have found.


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