Primates

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 231–234

A case of the adoption of an infant chimpanzee by a suckling foster chimpanzee

Authors

  • T. van Wulfften Palthe
    • University of Utrecht
    • Laboratorium voor Vergelijkende Fysiologie, der Rijksuniversiteit
  • J. A. R. A. M. van Hooff
    • University of Utrecht
    • Laboratorium voor Vergelijkende Fysiologie, der Rijksuniversiteit
Short Communications

DOI: 10.1007/BF02381422

Cite this article as:
Palthe, T.v.W. & van Hooff, J.A.R.A.M. Primates (1975) 16: 231. doi:10.1007/BF02381422

Abstract

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.

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© Japan Monkey Centre 1975