Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Wild Bonobo Is Seen Giving Birth, The First Time Such Behaviour Has Been Documented

A bonobo has been seen giving birth in the wild, the first time scientists have ever documented this most personal of moments occurring in the ape’s natural environment...

...During the birth event, which occurred at the Luikotale Bonobo Project field site, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the researchers discovered that wild bonobos do not give birth alone.

The new mother, a female called Luna, was surrounded by two other female bonobos offering companionship and support.

The birth also took place high up in a tree, rather than on the ground.

And shortly after the birth, the new mother and other females ate parts of the placenta.

Full story here.

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