Ebisu may be the world’s first literal copycat. Researchers have shown that the Japanese feline can imitate the actions of her owner under controlled scientific conditions. The ability has only been seen in a handful of creatures, and the find could suggest that imitation arose relatively early in mammal evolution.
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Originally posted 2020-09-25 17:06:20.