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(Source: BBC) Sometimes in nature, as well as in life in general, it’s not about who works the hardest, but who is the smartest one. Here’s a good example to see how it works between drongo birds and meerkats in the African desert. A drongo bird watches meerkats scavenge for food in the desert. First, the bird gains the meerkats’ trust by warning them when an eagle approaches. Then he tricks them sounding a false alarm and swooping in to eat the food they left behind in their panic. Meerkats don’t trust him anymore when they realize he was cheating, so the bird cannot fool them twice with the same trick. Going further, it learns to imitate the warning call of the meerkats’ leader. With their catch lost and their pride hurt, the meerkats are fooled once again while the drongo bird enjoys its feast. In the comments: Can you mention any other animal that pretends to be something else to get food?