Chimps share food

New study re­veals that these apes only share food with their friends

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Shar­ing food in the an­i­mal king­dom is rare out­side of mat­ing pairs, how­ever, a new study con­ducted by re­searchers from the Max Planck In­sti­tute for Evo­lu­tion­ary An­thro­pol­ogy in Ger­many has found that not only do chim­panzees par­take in this rare be­hav­iour, but they are also rather ex­clu­sive with who they share food with. Re­searchers ob­served chimps at the Taï Na­tional Park in Côte d'ivoire, West Africa, and found that they would only share food with their friends in the troop, de­spite ha­rass­ment from beg­gars or those with high dom­i­nance sta­tus. A pre­vi­ous study con­ducted by this team of re­searchers re­vealed that while hunt­ing for meat, a suc­cess­ful hunter in posses­sion of the meat would share the kill with oth­ers as a re­ward.

Shar­ing is car­ing in chim­panzee so­ci­ety

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