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Wolf puppies respond to humans' social cues

Playing fetch with humans is an advanced skill that many researchers thought was limited to domesticated dogs, but three untrained wolf puppies called that thinking into question when they retrieved a ball for behavioral ecologist Christina Hansen Wheat and her collaborators. "What we're seeing is that wolves can read human social cues if they choose," Hansen Wheat said, and the ability is probably among those that led to early canine domestication, says Evan MacLean, director of the University of Arizona's Canine Cognition Center.

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