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60) Often fights are followed by reconciliation or making up by the opponents. Animals who continue to live in the same group may make an effort to repair the social relationship interrupted by their fight. This usually involves some form of friendly touch, such as grooming, or even just sitting next to each other while eating. Two mountain gorillas feed next to each other in the forest.

Notes: Two mountain gorillas feed next to each other in the forest.
Question: Do humans reconcile after fights? How?
Primates are most likely to reconcile after fights with animals who are socially important to them, such as relatives and close associates.
Question: Is this also the case in human primates?
Photo © by: Beth Kaplin

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