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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