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In Queen Ant We Trust Is man the only true patriot or do animals too have this sense of pride that sets them apart from other realms of their own species Mark Twain seems to think based on his essay The Lowest Animal that man is the only patriot and that he will kill his own kind only too later wash the blood off of his hands 176 However man contrary to Twains beliefs is not the only patriot of the animal kingdom It is true that man does set himself apart in his own country with his own flag and sneers at other nations but in a similar way so do some animals They may not have their own flag and country but they do have territories and followers that sneer at other groups Like Americans going to war to defend their interests so do the red ants aristhisis of northern Africa The wars of man have been studied and well known since the begging of time Man would go to battle over simple seemingly unimportant things for centuries Sometimes a leader stating that the battle was in the nations best interest rationalizes these wars The north African red ants are similar to man in this respect Although it has not been studied as long much has been learned from this small creature National Geographic Television states that these red ants viciously attack each other for reasons as trivial as an ant from another mound crossing its path in the daily gathering The show further informs the viewer that these army ants always go and see the queen ant before any action is taken Twain also writes of mans assassins who protect slices of their land from opposing countries and try to capture other countrys land This is also true of the red ants The scout ants keep a constant watch over ants of the nearby mounds These scout ants
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