MEERKAT PREDATOR-SCANNING BEHAVIOR IS ALTRUISTIC
Science Daily, Feb.
In order to spot potential predators, adult meerkats often
climb to a higher vantage point or stand on their hind legs. If a predator
is detected, they use several different alarm calls to warn the rest of the
group. New Cambridge research shows that they are more likely to exhibit
this behaviour when there are young pups present, suggesting that the
predator-scanning behaviour is for the benefit of the group rather than the