Apes comfort each other ‘like humans’

by Rebecca on November 12, 2013

in Animals in the News

By Victoria GillScience reporter, BBC News

An “emotionally competent” young ape rushes to hug another juvenile that has just been attacked.

Young bonobos that are more “socially competent” are more likely to cuddle and calm other apes that are in distress, research has revealed.

Scientists working at an African sanctuary found that bonobos that recovered quickly from an upsetting experience, such as a fight, were also more likely to comfort others.

This mirrors findings from studies in children, and suggests bonobos manage their emotions in a very similar way.

The work is published in PNAS journal.

The researchers captured footage showing “emotionally competent” young apes rushing to hug other juveniles that were screaming after being attacked.

Bonobos (c) Z Clay

‘Emotionally competent’ bonobos were more likely to console other apes

Read more at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24494230


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