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This is scientific Americans. Sixty seconds science. I'm Karen Hopkins. It may be one of the Doggone doggies things a dog he can do chasing down a sticker a ball and then bring it back. But when it comes to playing fetch. Perhaps the apple doesn't fall all all that far from the evolutionary tree because a new study shows that some Wolf pups demonstrate the same innate fetching skill a finding that suggests that an ability ability to playfully interact with people might have been around in ancient wolves before they transitioned into domesticated dogs. Some fifteen thousand years ago. The work is in the Journal Journal. Science researchers were interested in understanding how domestication affected canine behavior so they raised several litters of both wolf and in dog puppies and ran the little furball through a standard series of behavioral tests in one of those tests. A puppy assessor someone. The animals never before met would toss a tennis ball across the room and encourage the puck to retrieve it. Wolf pups in the first two litters tested showed little interest in playing ball but three of the six POPs in the third letter caught on quickly to wolves named Elvis and Lenny brought the ball back in two out of three throws while the intrepid little sting knocked it out of the park and carried carried the ball back all three times. These results were actually unexpected. The researchers had thought that the ability to socially engage with unfamiliar humans was something that likely arose after dogs were domesticated the fact that a few of the wolf pups were up for some fun suggests that the potential for a connection between canines and people could've been present from the get-go giving some wolves a leg up or maybe even multiple legs up in becoming our best friends for scientific. Americans sixty seconds science. I'm Karen Hopkin..

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