African wild dogs 'use sneezes to vote'

Credit: Dr Andrew King, Swansea University

A team of international researchers, including a Swansea University scientist, has found that African wild dogs use sneezes as a way to vote democratically before moving off to hunt.

Previously it had been thought that the dogs were simply clearing their airways when they sneezed.

The sneezes act as a type of quorum, and the sneezes have to reach a certain threshold before the group changes activity.

Dr Andrew King, Swansea University