Futurity.org – Young bonobos comfort friends in need
Researchers from the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University observed juvenile bonobos at the Lola ya Bonobo sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of Congo engaging in consolation behavior more than their adult counterparts. Juvenile bonobos (3 to 7 years old) are equivalent in age to preschool or elementary school-aged children.
Starting at around age two, human children usually display consolation behavior, a sign of sensitivity to the emotions of others and the ability to take the perspective of another. Consolation has been observed in humans, bonobos, chimpanzees, and other animals, including dogs, elephants, and some types of birds, but has not been seen in monkeys.
“Our findings suggest that for bonobos, sensitivity to the emotions of others emerges early and does not require advanced thought processes that develop only in adults,” says Zanna Clay, a postdoctoral fellow in the psychology department
Straight from the SourceRead the original studyDOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0055206