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"Loving" Bonobos Seen Killing, Eating Other Primates
National Geographic ^ | October 13, 2008 | Matt Kaplan

Posted on 10/18/2008 4:28:19 AM PDT by Nicholas Conradin

A type of chimpanzee known to use sex for greetings, reconciliations, and favors may not be all about peace, love, and understanding after all. A new study reveals that some bonobos—one of humankind's closest genetic relatives—hunt and eat other primates. Groups of the endangered chimpanzee subspecies were observed stalking, chasing, and killing monkeys they later consumed.

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"The second I read this, I thought: Oh good, finally!" said primatologist Elizabeth Lonsdorf of the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.

"Bonobos being so peaceful never sat well with me," said Lonsdorf, who was not involved with the study.

"We see all species of captive apes, including bonobos, hunting animals, like squirrels, that wander into their enclosures. I was just waiting for something like this to come up," she said.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.nationalgeographic.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ecology; evolution; primates
The behavior of the bonobos as "peaceful" was celebrated by ecologists in contrast with "aggresive" humans.
1 posted on 10/18/2008 4:28:20 AM PDT by Nicholas Conradin
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To: Nicholas Conradin

So they are more like us then we thought.


2 posted on 10/18/2008 4:29:48 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
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To: Nicholas Conradin

No surprise. We knew bonobos were smelly barefooted peacefreakin’ hippies. Given a little engineering they would be baby-killers and ecoterrorists.


3 posted on 10/18/2008 4:35:06 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast
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Groups of the endangered chimpanzee subspecies were observed stalking, chasing, and killing monkeys they later consumed.

..sort of like the MSM when someone disagrees with "the agenda"

4 posted on 10/18/2008 4:35:31 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Nicholas Conradin

I didn’t know ACORN was there too!


5 posted on 10/18/2008 4:37:40 AM PDT by Steamburg (Your wallet speaks the only language most politicians understand.)
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To: Nicholas Conradin

LOL! That explains one of the DUmmies.


6 posted on 10/18/2008 4:41:38 AM PDT by whatshotandwhatsnot
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To: Steamburg

Check to see if they’re registered to vote.


7 posted on 10/18/2008 4:43:49 AM PDT by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier)
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To: Northern Yankee

‘Cheetah’ was found to be registered in all 57 states


8 posted on 10/18/2008 4:45:49 AM PDT by valkyry1 (McCain/Palin 2008)
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To: Nicholas Conradin; martin_fierro; aculeus; dighton; null and void; Lijahsbubbe; Jeremiah Jr; ...
A type of chimpanzee known to use sex for greetings, reconciliations, and favors ...

"That's a good looking chimpanzee." ~ Bill Clinton

9 posted on 10/18/2008 4:50:13 AM PDT by Ezekiel (Strange things are afoot at the Circle K.)
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To: Ezekiel

Somebody ALWAYS beats me to the best punch line. LOL


10 posted on 10/18/2008 4:51:24 AM PDT by randita (Keep our own FR safe - sThtop the DBV's (Drive By Vanities).)
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To: valkyry1

LOL... Not to be confused with the Cheetah Girls?


11 posted on 10/18/2008 4:53:43 AM PDT by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier)
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The 'Haight-Ashbury' image of free-loving bonobos has led to a piece of wishful thinking among nice people, who perhaps came of age in the 1960s -- or maybe they are of the 'medieval bestiary' school of thought, in which animals exist only to point moral lessons to us. The wishful thinking is that we are more closely related to bonobos than to common chimpanzees. The Margaret Mead in us feels closer to this gentle role-model than to the patriarchal, monkey-butchering chimpanzee. Unfortunately, however, like it or not, we are exactly equally close to both species.
Source: Richard Dawkins, The Ancestor's Tale (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004), 92
12 posted on 10/18/2008 4:55:55 AM PDT by CE2949BB (McCain/Palin 08)
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To: Nicholas Conradin

I have never heard of an Bonobo.


13 posted on 10/18/2008 4:57:35 AM PDT by winodog
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To: Nicholas Conradin

The lefty hippie crowd were always going on about the bonobos and how their matriarchal society is better than our patriarchy. Nice to see them get their comeuppance.


14 posted on 10/18/2008 4:58:02 AM PDT by ikka
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To: Nicholas Conradin

The New Yorker had a huge article about these creatures a couple of years ago. Made ‘em out to be just like Democrats.


15 posted on 10/18/2008 5:16:59 AM PDT by Steely Tom (RKBA: last line of defense against vote fraud)
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To: Nicholas Conradin

Sounds like liberals to me.


16 posted on 10/18/2008 5:21:52 AM PDT by LadyPilgrim ((Lifted up was He to die; It is finished was His cry; Hallelujah what a Savior!!!!!! ))
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To: Nicholas Conradin

Has ACORN registered these bonobos to vote yet?


17 posted on 10/18/2008 5:29:34 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Nicholas Conradin

Maybe it’s just me but it wasn’t too many years ago that I found out chimps eat meat.

Up until that time everything I saw on TV, etc. showed them on a vegetarian diet with a few ants, grubs occasional egg.


18 posted on 10/18/2008 5:30:10 AM PDT by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: winodog

Is a sub-species of Chimp. VERY endangered.

I saw a film (from San Diego Zoo perhaps?) some years ago that still makes me laugh when I think about it.

Is feeding time. Handlers throw in some leaf-bearing branches. A largish male grabs one and carries it off to the corner to eat. A female tries to grab some from him, he corrects her, she backs away. So she submissively crawls back, not trying to grab the food, lays down in front of him and spreads her legs. He looks down and immediately has sex with her. The expression on his face is priceless, eyes rolling back and all. They finish quickly and, while he’s sitting enjoying the after-glow, she picks up the branch and walks away.

It was the first example recorded, supposedly, of an animal using sex for other-than procreation.


19 posted on 10/18/2008 5:52:17 AM PDT by FrogMom
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To: Vinnie

One of the lib whackos who sit for months watching the apes, witnessed a chimp killing and eating its child. Was surprised they recorded it, since at the time, they were trying to tell us how wonderful the chimps were and how we should be like them.


20 posted on 10/18/2008 5:56:01 AM PDT by FrogMom
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
so Bonobo = DemocRAT
21 posted on 10/18/2008 5:56:27 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - McCain/Palin'08 = http://www.johnmccain.com/)
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To: FrogMom
It was the first example recorded, supposedly, of an animal using sex for other-than procreation.

Monkey Hookers! I'm surprised that the zoo wasn't charged with running a bordello! I wonder when Larry Flynt will start selling the DVDs...

MaRk

22 posted on 10/18/2008 6:19:20 AM PDT by MarkL (Al Gore: The Greenhouse Gasbag! (heard on Bob Brinker's Money Talk))
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To: FrogMom

Exploiters all!


23 posted on 10/18/2008 6:57:02 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast
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To: Nicholas Conradin

Using sex as a lure to draw in their victims.

Hmmm....why does that ring a bell?


24 posted on 10/18/2008 7:10:31 AM PDT by wildbill
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