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Scientists Prove Bumblebees Like to Play With Toys


Bumblebees blocking the path from your house to your car? No problem. New research suggests an interesting, and extremely entertaining, way to ward them off. Hand the critters a tiny wooden ball and they might become preoccupied enough to stop terrorizing your morning commute. 

On Thursday, a team of researchers presented evidence that bumblebees, like humans, like to play with fun little objects. 

After engaging 45 bumblebees in a bunch of experiments, it became clear the bees went out of their way to roll wooden balls repeatedly, despite no apparent incentive to do so. In other words, it seems the bees were “playing” with the balls. Plus, as with humans, there seemed to be an age at…

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