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In a remarkable discovery, scientists observed Florida carpenter ants performing life-saving amputations on injured nest mates to prevent infection. This is the first known instance of non-human animals conducting such operations. The ants tailored their treatment based on the injury’s location, maximizing survival. Researchers, including Dr. Erik Frank from the University of Lausanne, documented this behavior in the journal Current Biology. They found that 13 out of 17 ants with femur or thigh injuries had their limbs amputated by nest mates, who licked the wound and then bit off the injured leg at the trochanter.

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