Adult meerkats teach their pups how to eat a venomous scorpion, after removing its stinger
Adult meerkats teach their pups how to eat a venomous scorpion, after removing its stinger

The act of teaching in non-human animals has not been extensively studied. However, clear evidence for adults teaching youngsters exists in meerkat research. An adult meerkat first presents a pup with dead prey. When the pup is a bit older, the “teacher” removes the stinger from live prey–in this case, a scorpion–and allows the pup to interact with it. As the pup grows, the teaching method evolves until the younger meerkat is able to catch and eat a scorpion on her own. This scaffolding of teaching strategies appears to be a response to the changing tone of the pups’ begging calls. Teaching in Wild Meerkats

Ink, watercolor, gel pen, and paint pen on paper, 6”x6”. 


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