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    It’s a gesture that involves tapping two stones together without splitting them: this key behavior in human cognitive evolution has been observed in western gorillas, according to a published study. Nature. “hit” And “percussion” With bare hands Our ancestors went through many stages before making stone tools. there”Attack with bare hands“Considered as a prerequisite “Percussion with bare hands”. The latter makes it possible to create sharp pieces from a stone core. Early artifacts played a fundamental role in human evolution. Researchers closely followed the daily lives of two gorillas, or 23 individuals, in the Republic of Congo. They were particularly interested in their eating habits, which they filmed. Of the nearly 300 minutes of footage, only five episodes “Attack with bare hands“Identified in two gorillas. In the middle of a meal, two young monkeys did not use stones, but pieces of termite mounds that they knocked together. When feeding on termites, gorillas generally use two techniques. They can lick the surface of termite mounds directly or split them (this is the “technique”).Rumbling“). Why is this technique different? “Strike with...
    SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Visitors at a California zoo witnessed some terrifying moments over the weekend after a dog ended up in the gorilla exhibit.The San Diego Zoo Safari Park said two dogs were loose on the zoo's property and one of them somehow managed to get inside the enclosure.SEE ALSO | Watch: Man jumps into Lake Michigan, rescuing dog near Ohio Street BeachIt's not clear exactly how that happened, but the gorillas appeared to be agitated by the intrusion as they chased the dog, as seen in video captured by people at the park.Specialists at the park were eventually able to recall the gorillas out of the habitat so that the dog, now named "Mighty Joe Young," could be rescued.No animals or people were hurt. The two dogs are now being cared for at the San Diego Humane Society.
    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Ndakasi, a mountain gorilla who famously posed for a selfie with her caretaker at Congo’s Virunga National Park, has died at 14 after a long illness, the park said. “It is with heartfelt sadness that Virunga announces the death of beloved orphaned mountain gorilla, Ndakasi, who had been under the care of the park’s Senkwekwe Center for more than a decade,” a statement from the park said this week. “Ndakasi took her final breath in the loving arms of her caretaker and lifelong friend, Andre Bauma,” said the statement, adding that she died on Sept. 26 following a prolonged illness in which her condition rapidly deteriorated. Ndakasi was just two months old when rangers found her clinging to the lifeless body of her mother who had been gunned down by armed militia in 2007. Bauma comforted her that first night by holding her to his bare chest and he continued caring for her since then. She was transferred to the Senkwekwe Center after its creation in 2009 and lived with other orphaned mountain...
    Check out our must-buy plant-based cookbooks! Learn more In 1996, the small African country of Rwanda invaded its neighbor to the west, Zaire, the brutal result of mass genocides and killings perpetrated by extremists who had been given safe haven within Zaire’s borders. This bloody infiltration would culminate into the Congolese War, which claimed the lives of five million people, embroiled several prominent African countries, and pitted two rivaling cultures against each other. While the war officially ended in 2003, even now there are local skirmishes in remote parts of Zaire, which has since been renamed the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). But long before the war that tore apart the heart of Africa, the DRC languished under the control of a despot ruler, who pocketed the country’s funds and let the local government and infrastructure fall to pieces. The Far-Reaching Impact of War The DRC contains two-thirds of the Congo rainforest, and the many years of governmental neglect and conflict have led to the near-extinction of one of the forest’s largest inhabitants: the Eastern Lowland Gorilla. In order...
    Chimpanzees have been seen killing gorillas in unprovoked attacks for the first time, scientists said. The lethal encounters between the two species occurred as they were being observed at Loango National Park in Gabon, according to a study Monday in the journal Nature. In the first attack in December 2019, more than two dozen chimps went after five gorillas. RATTLESNAKE BITES 5-YEAR-OLD GIRL MULTIPLE TIMES IN DAD'S BACKYARD, REVEALING PREVIOUSLY UNKNOWN ALLERGY "At first, we only noticed screams of chimpanzees and thought we were observing a typical encounter between individuals of neighboring chimpanzee communities," said Lara M. Southern, the study’s lead author, in a statement. "But then, we heard chest beats, a display characteristic for gorillas, and realized that the chimpanzees had encountered a group of five gorillas." While the adult gorillas were able to escape, the infant separated from its mother didn’t survive, the study said. Researchers said a similar attack occurred in February 2019 that also left an infant gorilla dead. VideoBut instead of the slain gorilla being left alone, the "infant in the second encounter was almost entirely...
    A research team from the University of Osnabrück and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, has observed for the first time lethal attacks of chimpanzees against gorillas in the wild. The Loango National Park, Gabon, it is home to chimpanzees and gorillas of the western lowlands. Chimpanzees are undoubtedly the most belligerent among apes (other than humans) but for most of the time the park project has been watching and monitoring them. “Until now, chimpanzee-gorilla interactions have been considered relatively relaxed”says Simone Pika of the University of Osnabrück in a statement. “We have regularly observed both species interacting peacefully in trees in search of food. Our colleagues in the Congo even witnessed amusing interactions between the two great ape species.” Two years ago, everything changed A couple of years ago researchers began to listen the type of screaming usually associated with a hostile encounter between two groups of chimpanzees. “So we heard chest beats, a display characteristic of gorillas, and we realized that the chimps had encountered a group of five gorillas.” The fight lasted 52...
    (CNN)Chimpanzees' lethal attacks on gorillas in the wild have been observed for the first time, a team of researchers has said.Experts observing dozens of chimps at Loango National Park in Gabon had expected them to be relaxed around gorillas.But while the two species were usually playful, the researchers were surprised to witness occasional vicious attacks."At first, we only noticed screams of chimpanzees and thought we were observing a typical encounter between individuals of neighboring chimpanzee communities," said Lara M. Southern, the study's lead author, in a press release."But then, we heard chest beats, a display characteristic for gorillas, and realized that the chimpanzees had encountered a group of five gorillas," she added, referencing the first attack the team saw, in 2019.Read MoreThe group, from Osnabrück University and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany, published the findings on Monday in the journal Nature.The two encounters they recorded, which lasted 52 and 79 minutes, saw the chimpanzees form coalitions and launch attacks on the gorillas.Two encounters were seen by researchers, both lasting around an hour.The silverback and adult females...
    Chimpanzees living at Africa's Loango National Park in Gabon are attacking and killing gorillas that also call the region home in what researchers are saying is a first in the scientific community. A team of scientists from Osnabrück University and the Max Planck Institute suggest two lethal attacks  are a result of the animals competing for food that is diminishing because of climate change, researchers note in a press release. Prior to the deadly incidents, researchers observed nine occasions during 2014 through 2018 where chimpanzees and gorillas interacted peacefully and even co-fed in fruiting trees. The harmony came to a screeching halt in 2019, when, on two occasions, chimps formed coalitions and attacked a group of gorillas for a combined 124 minutes that ended with two dead infant gorillas. The second encounter ended with a dead, mutilated infant that was almost entirely consumed by one adult chimpanzee female. Scroll down for video  On two occasions, chimps formed coalitions and attacked a group of gorillas that ended with two dead infant gorillas. And the second encounter (pictured) ended with a dead, mutilated...
    These are the first cases of coronavirus contamination in these animals. The zoo is still investigating how the two large gorillas could have contracted the virus. “The gorillas are doing well” San Diego Wildlife Park, in California, asserted, Monday, January 11, that two gorillas had tested positive for coronavirus. Both monkeys would have a bit of congestion besides the cough, but would be fine nonetheless. A third would present with symptoms of Covid-19, but her case has not yet been confirmed. “We are optimistic that they will make a full recovery” Lisa Peterson, Executive Director of zoo from San Diego, pointed out that “the members of the group (of gorillas) remain in quarantine all together “. The people in charge of Zoo hope the infected monkeys will make a full recovery. How were these gorillas infected? At the moment, how these gorillas were able to catch the virus still questions the management of zoo, report the media. The animal park is in fact closed to the public because of the pandemic of coronavirus....
    This is the first known case of transmission in these animals. “We have two gorillas from the San Diego Zoo who have tested positive for Covid-19” and a third who is showing symptoms, Governor Gavin Newsom said during a press conference on the pandemic. “We are in the process of confirming the source of the infection,” he said. “Apart from a little congestion and cough, gorillas are doing well,” said Lisa Peterson, executive director of the San Diego Zoo, one of the largest wildlife parks in the world, in a statement. “The members of the (gorilla) group remain in quarantine all together and eat and drink. We are optimistic that they will make a full recovery.” Studies have shown that some species of primates – like humans that fall into this category – can contract the virus responsible for Covid-19, “but this is the first known case of natural transmission to great apes and it is not known whether they will show a serious reaction, “the zoo statement said. Humans and other primates have a very...
    (CNN)The surge of Covid-19 in California has just gotten even worse, after at least two gorillas at the San Diego Zoo became infected with Covid-19, the zoo and Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday.Three animals are currently showing symptoms of the virus, and it is suspected that they were infected by an asymptomatic staff member, according to a press release. This is the first known instance of coronavirus in great apes, the zoo said, though previous research has shown that some non-human primates are susceptible. The gorillas live as a family, so it is assumed that all members have been exposed, zoo officials say.It started last Wednesday, when two zoo gorillas began coughing. A preliminary test within the group showed presence of the virus on Friday, and the US Department of Agriculture's National Veterinary Services Laboratory confirmed the positive results Monday.It is unknown whether the gorillas will have any serious reaction, the zoo said, but they are being closely monitored.Read MoreThe gorillas were most likely infected by an asymptomatic staff member, the zoo said."Aside from some congestion and coughing, the gorillas...
    More On: Coronavirus Rangers star missed start of camp with COVID-19 Everything you need to know about getting the COVID vaccine in NY Most Japanese citizens think Tokyo Olympics should be canceled or postponed NJ rep tests positive for COVID after Capitol riots Two gorillas at a California zoo have tested positive for COVID-19, in what is believed to be the first known cases of the virus among great apes, officials said Monday. The San Diego Zoo Safari Park said the gorillas began coughing Wednesday, prompting officials to test their fecal samples, which came back positive for the coronavirus. “Aside from some congestion and coughing, the gorillas are doing well,” Lisa Peterson, the zoo’s director, said in a statement. “The troop remains quarantined together and are eating and drinking,” Peterson said. “We are hopeful for a full recovery.” Officials believe the primates caught the virus from an asymptomatic staff member, “despite following all recommended precautions,” the zoo said in a press release. “This is the first known instance of natural transmission to great apes and it is unknown if...
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