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69) An adult female chimpanzee plays with a young animal. The two animals are not related. This kind of behavior, a friendly interaction between an adult female and an unrelated youngster, is called aunting behavior. An adult female chimpanzee wrestles with an unrelated youngster.

Notes: An adult female chimpanzee wrestles with an unrelated youngster.
This is also called alloparenting. It occurs whenever someone other than the mother carries or defends a young animal. Juveniles, especially females, are most likely to do this, but other group members may also show protective behavior towards infants.
Photo © by: Roy Fontaine

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