Monday, February 01, 2010

Wild Bonobo Mother Seen Eating Infant

bonobo cannibalA wild bonobo has been seen cannibalising her own recently deceased two and a half-year-old infant.

Among apes, such behaviour is extremely rare, only being reported before among orangutans, and never by bonobos, our closest relative alongside chimps.

Though uncommon, the behaviour may not be aberrant, says the scientist who witnessed it.

But it does further challenge a widely perceived notion that bonobos are an especially "peaceful" ape species.

The discovery is reported in the American Journal of Primatology.

Full story here.

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