Mongoose Lookouts Carefully Weigh Risks (and Sing While They Do It)

If you were assigned to watch a dozen dwarf mongooses on the savannah, would you know how to keep them safe? Or would half of them get snatched by snakes before you finished checking the dictionary to make sure they weren’t really a dozen mongeese? Luckily these animals don’t need us to watch their backs. Volunteers within their ranks take turns watching out for predators, and they know how to monitor a range of risk factors while doing their jobs.

Dwarf mongooses (Helogale parvula) are s

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