I have kvetched often enough against “best practice.” The term is an oxymoron. Praxis may be adapted or un-adapted – we only know by the consequences. It is never a priori “best.” It is a useful heuristic for the perplexed though we tend to transform it into patent medicine.
I have come across this short video clip that portrays the ever-changing relationship between a drongo bird and meerkats in Africa.
Have fun, and show it as you go about teaching “best practice.”