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Woodchucks and chipmunks.

12.11.2011

Woodchucks and chipmunks can understand each other. How it's great that so nice and funny animals can understand each other. Zoologist Lisa Aschemeier conducted field research, when the reaction of animals on alarm calls of each other was investigated. The fact is that woodchucks and chipmunks live solitary in nature, and have the same predators - hawks, eagles and foxes. Thus the alarm call issued by woodchuck, allows to shelter to chipmunk. And vice versa. However the scientist believes that chipmunks better recognize to heterospecific warnings. It is obvious, because woodchucks are bigger and stronger then chatty chipmunks.
How amazing is that those small animals can understand each other and we people cannot. 

 

 

 

Citation. Lisa M. Aschemeier and Christine R. Maher and (2011) Eavesdropping of woodchucks (Marmota monax) and eastern chipmunks (Tamias striatus) on heterospecific alarm calls. Journal of Mammalogy: June 2011, Vol. 92, No. 3, pp. 493-499.

 

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