Scientists Examine Interspecies Interactions
The tender togetherness of the 100 year old tortoise and the baby hippo captures the imagination. A Budweiser commercial showing friendship between a Clydesdale horse and a Labrador puppy got more than 55 million views on YouTube. What makes some animals able to form relationships with animals from other species? How can some creatures adopt behavior of other species and even learn to understand how to communicate with others? Scientists studying interspecies interaction hope to learn more about animal behavior and perhaps find new insights about humans. Read the New York Times story by Erica Goode "Learning from Animal Friendships."