10 Impressive Examples Of Animal Self-medication


Animals care about their young just as humans do, though some species are more attentive parents than others.


The entire process of animal self-medication has a name, as previously mentioned.

House Sparrows and Finches

Most examples of animal self-medication involve natural elements like plants and other animals.

Wood Storks and Starlings

The same plant can be useful for easing numerous ailments and for many different species.


Animals end up with tired limbs just as humans do. This is especially true for those who have to carry a baby around constantly.

Wood Ants

Numerous animals live in colonies or groups, working for the benefit of one another. This is often true in insects, a well-known example of which is the hive of the honeybee.

Woolly Bear Caterpillars

Some animals may seem to lack the brainpower required to engage in self-medicating behavior. However, even the smallest creatures can improve their own health, including insects.

Monarch Butterflies

Woolly bear caterpillars are not the only insects that can improve their own health. With such short lifespans, these species need to increase their odds of survival in any way possible.


Apes are close genetic relatives to humans. This may be why most of the research on zoopharmacognosy has been focused on them, as it can then be more readily applied to humans.


Parasite infections are a common influence behind animal self-medicating behavior. This is the case in sheep.