UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — For people, sneezing is just a way of clearing our nasal passages. It’s an involuntary muscle contraction triggered by particles in the air.
For wild dogs, however, that is certainly not the case. For the pack hunters sneezing is actually an important form of communication.
According to research recently published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, wild dogs sneeze as a way to cast their vote.
Researchers studied wild dogs in Botswana. They found that the unusual way of exercising democracy occurred prior to hunts. In other words, the dogs would vote on if they wanted to go hunting by sneezing.
But how many sneezes does it take to get the pack moving along? Well it depends. Researchers discovered three sneezes were enough if they were made by dominant dogs. If not, 10 were required.
Regardless, the dogs’ unique way of practicing democracy is nothing to sneeze at.