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Re: If you had a time machine...

Thats great stuff. I love the little bird on the string and the people off camera throwing hyeanas at thie poor badger. More relationships like this would be helpful!

On Sep 30, 2009, at 5:17 PM, Rob Taylor wrote:

Thanks to Dann and Tommy, I can confirm that it was indeed the honey guide bird I was thinking of, and most likely the honey badger was the lucky beneficiary in the documentary in question. Since they were kind enough to lead me to my quarry (ample footage available on youtube), I'll leave behind a couple of URLs. Hopefully this will ensure a continued mutually beneficial relationship!


Rob Taylor
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I think the honeyguides cooperate with ratels more often than humans. It
also seems to be well documented that ravens will lead predators
(including humans) to suitable prey, presumably in order to get a
carcass to scavenge.

Tommy Tyrberg

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On Thu, Oct 1st, 2009 at 5:42 AM, Rob Taylor <rjtaylor68@comcast.net>

I can recall seeing a
documentary some time back... It was long enough ago that I no longer

remember what animals were involved, but the gist was that one animal
capable of locating a food source, but could not physically get to
it, so it
would lead another more agile critter with similar tastes to the
bounty. The
latter would retrieve the food and consume its share, but also leave
portion behind in a location accessible to the former, thereby
ensuring that
the relationship would continue.

There are probably several such ccoperative relationships between
species. The one that comes to
mind immediately though is that between Prodotiscus insignis (the honey
guide bird) and Homo


Dann Pigdon
GIS / Archaeologist                Australian Dinosaurs
Melbourne, Australia http://home.alphalink.com.au/ ~dannj