Animal friendships are surprisingly like our own

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Animal friendships resemble our human friendships more than you might think. True, some look pretty wild, like white-faced capuchins who greet their best buds by sticking their fingers in each other’s eye sockets, or male Guinea baboons that test their bonds by fondling each other’s genitals. But the meaning behind these behaviours isn’t so different from how we tease and interact with our best pal. Furthermore, animals do connect with others of the same group or age. Scientists call this “homophily”. This preference for similarity increases the trust of a friend. Indeed, animal friendships aren’t far from our own.H Read full article here

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