Hyenas

HYENAS FACEBOOK VIA THE BUM; WITH THE HELP OF BACTERIA.

Latest findings state that the Hyenas, one of Africa’s most successful predators, communicate with each other with the help of bacteria found in sour-smelling paste that is secreted by their clan members.

This isn’t anything new though, as other animals receive information about the animal’s sex, willingness to mate, social standing and much more from these secretions.

A research team from Michigan State University examined the pongy bacteria that hyenas leave behind when they smear their secretions, or pastes on trees and other general place. What they found was that the secretions contain friendly microbes, which give out smells that serve as messages for other hyenas.

The research was conducted on a number of hyenas, both male and female, striped or spotted. This was in Kenya. The team analyzed the molecular structure of the large selection of microbes that the hyena’s bum juice had.

HYENAS CAN LEAVE A QUICK, DETAILED MESSAGE AND GO.

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What they found out that the diversity of microbes was far higher than they had earlier estimated. They also noticed large differences in the type off bugs found in each species’ paste.  I mean, different bacteria send a variety of things, including how keen the animal is to mate. The varying smells were emitted to indicate different reproductive states. And to add to the list of difference, each species happens to have its own smell, hence some level of uniqueness is achieved.

The research varies to a great deal from the original study, and this can be attested to the fact that scientists examined the microbes in the wild, rather than creating a culture. The odors data was combined form wild animals with the microbe’s survey to identify a symbiotic relationship between the bugs and the beast.

So theoretically, it was established that the sour-smelling signals relay reams of information for other animals to read. Hyenas can leave a quick, detailed message and go. This will act like a bulletin board of who’s around and how they’re doing.

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