Gophers Are First Non-Human Mammal Known To Farm

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Hello gophers, how are your crops today? Considered pests, pocket gophers love to eat roots, make winding underground tunnels, and (apparently) cultivate their own food! Pocket gophers are the first non-human mammals known to farm their food. They take care of roots that grow into tunnels they have already dug, fertilising them with their poop and defending them from danger. Every day, they harvest these roots—which fulfil up to 60% of their daily energy needs—to power through and dig more tunnels in search of more food. Read full article here

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