Humans are not the only animals that self-medicate

Research shows that sparrows and other animals use plants to heal themselves.

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  • Researchers find that russet sparrows are among the many animals that self-medicate.
  • It's not clear whether this pervasive capability is learned behavior or instinctive.
  • It's likely animals have discovered some remedies we don't yet know about.
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