Meet Eli, a 13-pound, 11-month-old chimpanzee and another sad example of how divorce tears families apart. Eli became the first chimp to appear in a court of law this past week. His parents, Michael Casey and Virginia Valbuena of Sarasota, Florida, are involved in a vicious custody battle over him. Keep reading »
Call them chimpanzees with a dream. Eleven chimps at the Edinburgh Zoo recently got the chance to make movie magic—they were given video cameras in boxes, complete with touch screens, and were trained to use them to film their own flicks. Yes, they got lots of footage of their toes and the camerawork is a little “Blair Witch Project”-esque, but they also managed to film lots of tender moments and drama. The final result, called “The Chimp Cam Project,” will be airing on the BBC soon. [Daily Mail
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You know how women get offended when a man expects a little nooky after paying for an expensive steak dinner? A woman should never be pressured to do something sexually she doesn’t want to do, but there is scientific evidence that suggests the man’s expectations are only natural.
German researchers have found that female chimpanzees mate more often with males who have shared their meat with them (no pun intended), suggesting that chimps exchange sex for meat. Males who shared their meat with females mated twice as much in general, and they mated frequently with the females they gave meat to on a regular basis. Females who had difficulty obtaining their own meat seemed to find it more beneficial to trade sex for meat, rather than exerting themselves hunting and risking potential injury. Sounds like a win-win situation. The females increased their caloric intake, and the males sowed their oats. Chimps are highly promiscuous animals, males have a choice of females to a certain degree, and hunters can usually control who shares their kill, so the sex-for-meat hypothesis is a plausible explanation for male-to-female meat sharing, according to the researchers. Researchers say these findings will help to explain human male-female relationships. [Reuters] Keep reading »
If your neighbor keeps you up with her loud lovemaking, no worries, there may be absolutely no reason to envy her sex life. See, scientists studied chimpanzee “copulation calls” and discovered that the females who made lots of noise were more concerned with bagging as many males as possible, no matter what their status, rather than getting with the most important men in the bunch. The gals who were mating with the strong males often kept quiet so as not to let their rivals know what was going on. This seems comparable to the girl with the hottest boyfriend not feeling the need to brag about having a hunk on her arm. The fact that she’s with the studliest guy around is enough of a statement. Well, that and her perfect hair. [Metro.co.uk] Keep reading »
While a lot of celebrities like to walk around with their cooters out, it turns out that just means they’re less evolved females. Big surprise! But seriously, evolution is to blame for all the problems men have reading women’s sexual signals — although it seems like the trade off was worth it. Back in the day, when we were monkeys, our privates were very public. When our hairy ancestors were in heat, their vajayjay butts would swell up and then they’d go around trying to get laid by showing off the hot mess to the males like this. Conversely, since the apes walked around on all fours, the men’s junk was hidden, so if they popped up, no one was the wiser. Needless to say, ape sexuality was totally backwards by today’s human standards. So, how’d our fates get reversed? Keep reading »
I’m a complete animal nerd and I cry during episodes of The Dog Whisperer. But now that show, and host Cesar Millan, seem like such pansies next to my latest crush, and animal-saving superhero, Eugene Cussons from Escape To Chimp Eden. Eugene is the host of this amazing show, in which he rescues abused chimpanzees from their evil owners and brings them to the Jane Goodall Institute’s Chimpanzee Eden where they are rehabilitated in hopes of letting them back into the wild. Eugene is South African, so he has a mega-sexy accent, and he’s also brave, because in case you didn’t know, chimps, while very sweet at times, are also way stronger than humans, and Eugene straight up deals with them one-on-one. He’s also amazingly good-hearted and isn’t afraid to cry in public, like when he sees a chimp in a deplorable living environment. Honestly, I have cried buckets over this show, but mostly because it makes me happy that there’s people like Eugene out there doing hot, kick ass work like this. [Animal Planet: Escape To Chimp Eden] Keep reading »