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What the hidden lives of animals can teach us about ourselves

A new book on the emotional lives of animals reminds us how much we have in common with our fellow creatures

By Ray Monk   May 2019

Apes like us: left, a bonobo female shares food with infant. Photo: Shutterstock

On YouTube there is a moving clip of a brief encounter between a dying chimpanzee called Mama, and the Dutch biology professor Jan van Hooff. The two had known each other for over 40 years. At the beginning of the clip, we see Mama curled up in the foetal position. She is 59 years old and looks as if she has lost the will to live. We see her refusing food and drink. Then Van Hooff…

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