A case of the adoption of an infant chimpanzee by a suckling foster chimpanzee
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- Palthe, T.v.W. & van Hooff, J.A.R.A.M. Primates (1975) 16: 231. doi:10.1007/BF02381422
Chimpanzees in captivity have grown up in a rather unnatural social environment and there frequently are problems when they have to nurse their own offspring. It is most remarkable that a chimpanzee mother in a captive colony, who had lost her child almost immediately after birth, adopted without problems a five-week-old infant, which had been reared by humans from the day of its birth. Successful adoption has not been reported for feral chimpanzees; similar cases in captivity are not known.