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Ants turn their kids into life rafts when it floods

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When facing oncoming floodwaters, ants use their helpless babies as floating life-preservers — by sticking them at the very bottom of the life rafts that they build with their own bodies.

The findings, described in a paper published in PLOS One, reveal that ant-rafts have a fascinating internal structure — one that maximizes the group’s buoyancy and thus, their chances of survival. But it does so by putting the young ant brood at the very bottom of the boat, exposed to hungry fish and the potential risk of drowning.

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