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Cads of the savanna

Male topi antelopes lie to get the ladies

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12:58pm, May 21, 2010

As any dating woman knows, men can be dogs — but a new study suggests antelopes might be a better fit.

Male topi antelopes will resort to deception to keep a potential mate around, snorting as if there’s a lion nearby just when it seems she might wander off. The discovery is the first report of outright mate deception in an animal other than Homo sapiens, a research team reports in the July American Naturalist.

Some mother birds will feign a broken wing to lure a predator away from their nest, and there are reports in animals such as monkeys and squirrels of males deceiving ot

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