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New research reveals that Florida carpenter ants (Camponotus floridanus) perform limb amputations on injured nestmates to enhance survival chances. These ants either clean wounds or amputate damaged limbs based on injury location. If the injury is higher up the leg, they amputate; if lower, they do not. This behavior, documented for the first time, showcases a sophisticated non-human medical system. Entomologist Erik Frank from the University of Würzburg, lead author of the study published in Current Biology, highlights the ants’ advanced care system, rivaled only by humans.

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