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October 28, 2020 - Metro UK

Mountain gorillas 'mirror' humans with kindness towards old friends

Mountain gorillas 'mirror' humans with kindness towards old friends
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Mountain gorillas are friendlier to groups that they share a history with even after a decade of separation, according to new research.

Gorillas exist in close groups, foraging, resting and sleeping together around a ‘core home range’ and a wider ‘peripheral’ range.

But these groups sometimes split permanently, separating gorillas that may have lived together for years and may be closely related.

A study by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and the University of Exeter show that these new factions are more than four times as likely to be genial to each other when they meet again, even if they had split more than a decade earlier.

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