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Gorilla appears to have better habits that some people when it comes to cleanliness.
A new study has found that gorillas spontaneously clean their food before eating it, without having to witness someone else doing it first.
Findings - Learning - Behaviour
The findings suggest that social learning is not required for this behaviour to emerge.
An international team of researchers, led by the University of Birmingham, saw the behaviour in captive gorillas – suggesting that food cleaning is a behaviour that appears spontaneously.
Study - Researchers - Population - Lowland - Gorillas
In their study, the researchers provided a captive population of western lowland gorillas at Leipzig Zoo with clean and dirty apples.
When the gorillas were provided with dirty apples, coated with sand, they all showed evidence of food cleaning in at least 75 per cent of trials.
Dr - Damien - Neadle - Author - Study
Dr Damien Neadle, lead author of the study, Said:...
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