Social grooming can promote the spread of disease among monkeys

May 19, 2015 11:24 PM

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Social grooming can promote the spread of disease among monkeys

DECATUR, Ga., May 19 (UPI) -- The system of social grooming among spider monkeys isn't perfect. Like many other biological strategies, there are both costs and benefits.

The benefits are self-explanatory -- during social groom sessions, spider monkeys help pick out pest infestations, ridding each other's skin and hair of lice and other invaders. But a new study proves the practice also puts monkeys at risk of picking up internal bugs, gastrointestinal parasites.

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