Orphan bonobos have trouble comforting others in distress, study finds

October 15, 2013 5:59 AM

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Orphan bonobos have trouble comforting others in distress, study finds

A hug isn't a solely human impulse – bonobos do it too, to comfort distressed peers or to make up after a fight. Now, a study at a Congolese sanctuary finds that young bonobos who could handle their own emotions were better at offering others a shoulder to lean on.

What's more, bonobos raised by their mothers were much better at these social and emotional skills than orphaned bonobos.

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