Wednesday, September 14

Ground squirrels use the sun to hide food

this summer, I have been spending quite a lot of time with squirrels, swearing at them, admiring them, loving them and and and.

just recently i caught a squirrel burying a nut on the ground...and yes, I do wonder how do they find the nuts again in the winter?

well, here is the answer:

Ground squirrels use information on the position of the sun when hiding their food and reuse this information to find their food stash again. The position of the sun serves as a reference point for the animals, which live in southern Africa, to orient themselves and adjust the direction they are traveling in. A study published by researchers from the University of Zurich sheds new light on the old question as to how animals find their bearings within their environment.

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