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Yay!! These Bees Playing Football Will Make Your Day.

The last match of champion’s league was a treat to every footballer lover. The high octane football match and the comeback of FC Barcelona was a thing which every football lover would remember his lifetime. The 6-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain F.C (PSG) was an embarrassing defeat.

It was not easy for any footballer, for instance, say Lionel Messi (I am not much into football, and know only one player. Pun intended), to attain such height and hold the number one title in the world. It took him the efforts, the time, the hard work and above all, the dedication. All this combined, result we all know.

A similar thing is being seen in the animal kingdom. Yes! You read that right. Animals are being trained to play football. With animal we mean bees.

In an experiment, researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), have proved that insects, like bees, can understand the game of football. The bees in this study were taught how to roll a teeny-tiny yellow ball and score a goal.

Researchers were surprised when they discovered that some bees does need the training and can learn just by observing other bees.

“The bees solved the task in a different way than what was demonstrated, suggesting that observer bees did not simply copy what they saw, but improved on it. This shows an impressive amount of cognitive flexibility, especially for an insect.”

Professor Lars Chittka, who led the study said, “Our study puts the final nail in the coffin of the idea that small brains constrain insects to have limited behavioural flexibility and only simple learning abilities.”

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