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Altruism in Birds? Magpies Have Outwitted Scientists by Helping Each Other Remove Tracking Devices
It was the first time a bird has removed a tracking device, and the second time a bird species showed cooperative “rescue” behavior.
Altruism in Birds? Magpies Have Outwitted Scientists by Helping Each Other Remove Tracking Devices
Altruism in Birds? Magpies Have Outwitted Scientists by Helping Each Other Remove Tracking Devices

It was the first time a bird has removed a tracking device, and the second time a bird species showed cooperative “rescue” behavior.

It was the first time a bird has removed a tracking device, and the second time a bird species showed cooperative “rescue” behavior.

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