Ants Rescue and Treat Wounded After Attack
They’re brothers in legs. Warlike Matabele ants, native to sub-Saharan Africa, are ruthless when attacking termites. But new research shows the insects, named after Bantu warriors, are surprisingly caring toward wounded comrades. Injured soldiers, who give off a chemical distress signal, are carried home to heal and are even given medical care — something only humans were previously believed to do. “Nurse” ants lick their wounds, saving 90 percent of those rescued, though more research is needed to understand if they’re simply cleaning the injuries or preventing infection with their saliva.