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Do critters have their own traditions?

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When you hear “culture,” do you just think of people? Like how people from different places have their own foods, clothes, or ways of speaking? It’s easy to believe that only we humans have traditions and rules.

Many brainy people used to say that culture was our thing, ’cause we could learn, invent, and teach stuff (Henrich, 2016). But, as a guy named Frans de Waal pointed out, the more we look at animals, the less special we seem. “After the apes break down the dam between the humans and the rest of the animal kingdom, the floodgates often open to include species after species.” (De Waal, 2016). Thinking ahead, tricking others, or seeing themselves in mirrors? We thought only we did that. From smart monkeys to clever crows, many animals do these things too!

Whale Tunes, Fake Blooms, and Salty Spuds

Birds? They’ve got their own hit tracks! Just like people from different places have their own languages, birds chirp in different dialects based on where they’re from. Whales? They’re not left out. Depending on where they hang out, they’ve got their own chart-toppers (Whiten, 2021a; Garland, 2011).

Then, there’s the tasty world of animal chefs! Picture this: in the 50s, a clever macaque in Japan thought, “Why not give my sweet potato a salty twist?” So, she washed it in the ocean. Soon, her buddies jumped on the salty spud bandwagon, passing down the trick from one gen to the next. Now, dunking a potato in the sea ain’t the same as BBQing or whipping up a hotpot. But that’s culture for ya! One smart cookie (or macaque) sparks a trend, and before you know it, it’s the “in” thing for the whole gang.

But let’s not forget our buzzy buddies – the bees! Some smarty bees learned to tug a string to get sweet nectar from a fake bloom (Alem, et al., 2016). They watched, they learned, and boom! Even other bees caught the bug, all thanks to a bit of bee-see-do.

There’s more! Capuchin monkeys? Tool pros. Crows? Gadget gurus. And chimps? They’re the style icons, often seen rocking a grass piece in their ear (Whiten, 2021b). If we stretch our brains a bit and think of culture as more than just what’s learned but also what’s sparked by our surroundings (Sng, et al., 2018), we can spot so many similarities between us and our animal pals. From hunting tricks to dad duties to who’s the boss – animals got it all (Barsbai, Lukas, & Pondorfer, 2021).

To wrap it up

Animals having culture? It’s a big fat YES! Just as we humans love our unique lingo, foods, and gadgets, so do our fuzzy, feathery, and buzzy buddies. Whether it’s chimps or bees, they’re all shaking things up in their own wild, wonderful ways. 

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