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Horses' mobile ears are 'communication tool'

5 August 2014 

Horses' mobile ears are 'communication tool'

Victoria Gill By Victoria Gill 
Science reporter, BBC News 

Horses are able to rotate their ears
almost 180 degrees.

Very mobile ears help many animals direct their attention to the rustle of a possible predator.

But a study in horses suggests they also pay close attention to the direction another's ears are pointing in order to work out what they are thinking.

Researchers from the University of Sussex say these swivelling ears have become a useful communication tool. (...)

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