Desert ants can do fancy rescue work, but for family only
Caught in a snare and half-buried in desert sand — not a problem. Call your sisters.
Desert-dwelling Cataglyphis cursor ants can do sophisticated rescue work, even trying to use their own jaws of life to chew through a trap, according to comparative psychologist Karen Hollis of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass. These ant rescue workers not only dig away sand and tug at the limbs of a half-buried victim but also cope with snares, biting at nylon lines that researchers use