Detours by the blind mole-rat follow assessment of location and physical properties of underground obstacles

@article{Kimchi2003DetoursBT,
  title={Detours by the blind mole-rat follow assessment of location and physical properties of underground obstacles},
  author={Tali Kimchi and Joseph Terkel},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2003},
  volume={66},
  pages={885-891}
}
Orientation by an animal inhabiting an underground environment must be extremely efficient if it is to contend effectively with the high energetic costs of excavating soil for a tunnel system. We examined, in the field, the ability of a fossorial rodent, the blind mole-rat, Spalax ehrenbergi, to detour different types of obstacles blocking its tunnel and rejoin the disconnected tunnel section. To create obstacles, we dug ditches, which we either left open or filled with stone or wood. Most (77… CONTINUE READING

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