Hero of the Lost Cause (pragmatic_chimp) wrote in wtf_nature,
Hero of the Lost Cause

Bonobo: 'The Hippie Ape.'

The Bonobo is one of the two species making up the chimpanzee genus, Pan. More gracile than the Common Chimpanzee, its head is smaller, with less prominent eyebrow ridges, small ears, wide nostrils, and long hair on its head. Females have slightly more prominent breasts in contrast to the flat breasts of other female apes, though not as prominent as those of humans. (They’re about an A-cup). The Bonobo walks upright about 25% of the time during ground locomotion. These characteristics, and its posture, gives the Bonobo a more human-like appearance than that of the Common Chimpanzee.

Bonobos are capable of passing the mirror-recognition test for self-awareness. They communicate through primarily vocal means, although the meanings of their vocalizations are not currently known; however, humans do understand their facial expressions and some of their natural hand gestures, such as their invitation to play. Two Bonobos, Kanzi and Panbanisha, have been taught a vocabulary of over 3,000 words, which they can type using a special keyboard of lexigrams, and they can respond to spoken sentences

Sexual intercourse plays a major role in Bonobo society, being used as a greeting, a means of conflict resolution and post-conflict reconciliation, and as favors traded by the females in exchange for food. Bonobos are the only non-human apes to have been observed engaging in all of the following sexual activities: face-to-face genital sex (most frequently female-female, then male-female and male-male), tongue kissing, and oral sex. In scientific literature, the female-female sex is often referred to as GG rubbing or genital-genital rubbing, while male-male sex is sometimes referred to as penis fencing. Bonobo males frequently engage in various forms of male-male genital sex. One form has two males hang from a tree limb face-to-face while "penis fencing.”

- Wikipedia, mostly.

Two things are WTF about this. The first is how few people actually know these guys exist. The second is the phrase, “Penis fencing.”

Someone macro this for me. Now.

The bonobo has longer legs, shorter arms and a narrower trunk, giving the impression of more human-like proportions than the Common Chimpanzee.

When I played this game with my baby brother I used my hands.

Highly cute.

'When I grow up, I'm going to be a champion penis fencer!'

(Actually, he's probably already gotten started. It doesn't mean the same thing it does to humans.)

I'd have killed to be this girl.

I couldn't find very many good pictures of them walking upright online. Trust me, it looks cool.

What a handsome devil!

I couldn't find any penis fencing pictures, so here's some bonobo chicks GG rubbing for you.

This is a picture of a Common Chimp.

Tags: bonobo, pan paniscus, penis fencing, sex
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