Can animals be at war?

Can animals be at war?

Animals and human beings share some remarkable behavior patterns, including the instinctive urge to divide and conquer, a new study finds.

Much like humans, some animals like chimpanzees and ants actually go to war, according to the National Geographic.

In the savage animal world, chimpanzees form gangs in order to expand their territory while ants raid foreign colonies and take them as slaves, the National Geographic reported.

A study published on the United States' National Center for Biotechnology Information website in 2014 concluded that the Matabele ant (pictured), also known as Pachycondyla analis, finds termites using its olfactory sense to detect their location.

A Matabele ant in Guinea carries its prey, a termite, during a raid. Credit: Piotr Naskrecki/National Geographic

A Matabele ant in Guinea carries its prey, a termite, during a raid. Credit: Piotr Naskrecki/National Geographic

In Uganda, some chimpanzees have been observed joining forces in an organized manner, and attacking neighboring groups.

Chimpanzees in Tanzania's Gombe Stream National Park. Credit: Gerry Ellis/National Geographic

Chimpanzees in Tanzania's Gombe Stream National Park. Credit: Gerry Ellis/National Geographic

Can animals be at war? Yes, but not all of them. The savage behavior has been noticed clearly while observing the conduct of species of chimpanzees and ants.

Source: National Geographic

Cover credit: Caters News Agency

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