Watch ants help their wounded nestmate

Staff writer
Macro of Black worker ants
Macro of Black worker ants

Incredible footage reveals how ants go to extreme lengths to help an injured nestmate.

These African Matabele ants are carrying a wounded nestmate after a battle with termites.

The rescue behaviour is triggered when the injured ant excretes a chemical substance, calling for help.

Inside the nest, 'nurse ants' intensively lick the wounds, applying antimicrobial substances with their saliva, inhibiting infections.

Without such treatment, 80% of the injured die.

See how they do it in the video above.