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RE­SEARCHERS have claimed that African wild dogs use sneezes to vote on pack (group) de­ci­sions.

The study by teams from Swansea, Aus­tralia and Amer­ica found that af­ter the dogs made camp, they used sneezes to de­cide when they should go and hunt. Sci­en­tists found that the more sneezes there were, the sooner the pack would leave to hunt.

It was pre­vi­ously thought that the strange sneez­ing noises the dogs make was just a way to clear their air­ways.

African wild dogs are among the world's most en­dan­gered species. They live in packs of 10-40 and can sprint at speeds of 70km/h (43mph).

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