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Florida carpenter ants (Camponotus floridanus) perform life-saving surgeries on their peers, making them the second known animal to do so after humans. Researchers observed that these ants identify limb wounds on nestmates and treat them through cleaning or amputation. The study, published in Current Biology, highlights that this is the only known case of systematic amputation by one individual of its species in the animal kingdom. Unlike African ants (Megaponera analis) that use antimicrobial substances, Florida carpenter ants rely on cleaning and biting to manage wounds.

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