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GPS sheep tracking supports 40-year-old theory


23 July 2012 

GPS sheep tracking supports 40-year-old theory

By Nick Crumpton
BBC News



The team used GPS backpacks to monitor the sheep

Instead of fleeing randomly when faced with a predator, sheep attempt to bury themselves within their flock, new UK research has shown.

The theory that animals moving in groups retreat towards the centre of their flocks if a predator appears has been tested before.

But the researchers are the first to show that sheep behave this way using GPS technology.

Details of the work are published in the journal Current Biology. (....)

Full article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18959633

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