Bison lick wounds after traumatic experience

by The Insights

A bison licking the wound of another bison in British Columbia, Canada

TS Jung

American bison have been observed licking each other’s wounds, a stress-reducing behavior previously undocumented in a hoofed mammal.

When animals sustain injuries, licking is often the first line of defense for wound care. Licking a laceration or puncture can remove infection-causing debris and help wounds heal faster. The saliva of some animals – including humans – has antibacterial properties and promotes tissue and nerve regrowth.

Although female bison have been observed grooming unrelated calves, reports of…

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