handclasp grooming

handclasp grooming

Our chimps are amazing and unique. You don’t believe us? Well we have proof! Check out these pictures of two versions of hand clasp grooming. Hand clasping is a known behavior in wild chimpanzees, especially in Eastern Africa. They do it briefly to change grooming side. At the CCC, they can groom each other that way for 5-10 minutes. It’s a sign of intense grooming.
We’ve fist recorded it with the released chimpanzees in 2008. Many CCC’s chimps are doing it. It’s a “new” trend that makes them UNIQUE (and they were already amazing).

 

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