WILDLIFE -- Success by Consensus: African Wild Dog

Who is the real king of the savanna? Lions capture prey in about 30% of hunts. Cheetahs fare a little better at around 50%. The dominant predator is actually the playful African wild dog who, when the pack put their minds to it, take down targets an amazing 70% of the time. The secret to this success lies in a unique form of consensus-building. Members gauge others' willingness to hunt by consciously sneezing. When a majority follow with the same gesture, even the pack leader honors the outcome.