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Animal Elections

03/04/2020 10:23 am ET Brian Frazer
Animal Elections

Source: Unsplash?Dusan Smetana

Human beings aren’t the only animal that votes. However, even the wild animal kingdom doesn’t have anything as archaic as our Electoral College.

Much better than a Trump rally

African wild dogs decide whether or not to hunt by greeting each other in rituals called rallies. Except there are no MAGA hats, and they’re kind to the press. When the dogs sneeze, that indicates they’ve cast their vote for hunting, not resting.

Smoother-running caucuses than Iowa

Rock ants vote on where to move next via an impromptu insect caucus. Scout ants can either influence others by traveling to a new location with other scouts or by persuading other ants at their old nest to follow them. Third option: having Beto O’Rourke make crazy hand gestures that will frighten everyone.

Mews clues 

Scientists reported that meerkats of between six and 19 members only needed three of them to mew before the group decided to look for new grounds. If all 19 mewed, the Russians were probably involved.

The not-so-silent majority

When baboons move in opposite directions, others eventually follow the majority. But if two leaders were tugging in directions less than 90 degrees apart, followers would compromise on a middle path so that everyone wound up together. Kind of what Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar did.

Key quotes

“Even if you don’t have the rank as long as you pretend you know what you’re doing the group will follow.”

“Even in a group composed of friendly individuals with common interests, conflict can be a useful element in a decision-making process.”

What you can do

Check your DNA. If you remain mostly human, then vote.

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