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The European Bison, A Model Of Democracy In The Animal Kingdom

When moving as a group, each bison in a herd can "vote" on which direction to take, and the decision will depend on the majority, just like in elections, according to a report published by scientists in the forthcoming issue of Animal Behaviour.

Researchers concluded this while observing the herd movements of about 30 European bison in Southern France's Monts d'Azur reserve. This species of bison, also known as wisent, is more slender than its American cousin and prefers forests over plains. It nearly became extinct in the 20th century, and small herds are now being reintroduced across Europe. Because farmers were concerned that the herbivores could damage their land, scientists launched this research to better understand the animal's movements.

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Welcome to Thursday, where more Ukrainian soldiers surrender in Mariupol, Sri Lanka defaults on its debt,and George W. Bush offers an epic geopolitical gaffe. Meanwhile, Lili Bai in Chinese-language digital media The Initium looks at what’s driving the current “expat exodus” at play in Shanghai.

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