Sneaky squirrels eavesdrop for safety

Sneaky squirrels eavesdrop on nearby birds to stay away from danger.

Sneaky squirrels eavesdrop for safety

Sneaky squirrels eavesdrop on nearby birds to stay away from danger.

According to a new study, the super sleuth rodents - specifically the grey incarnation - are said to be able to tell the difference between different calls, which give them a good idea of when it's safe to sneak past a potential feathery predator.

Scientists in Ohio observed more than 50 wild eastern grey squirrels across public parks and residential areas, with the sound of possible danger simulated with a recording of a red-tailed hawk.

Writing in the Plos One journal, the authors of the study said: "We knew that squirrels eavesdropped on the alarm calls of some bird species, but we were excited to find that they also eavesdrop on non-alarm sounds that indicate the birds feel relatively safe."

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