22 November 2010

Anderson Cooper dons bunny suit for bonobos at Great Ape Trust

Leave it to an obligatory college Anthropology class to turn me into a Bonobo-loving lady. Bonobos are extremely endangered primates that live only in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and have fascinating social behaviors including being matriarchal and very sexual, using this as a way to relieve tension & aggression within their social group.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper visited the Great Ape Trust in Des Moines, Iowa to meet Anthropologist Sue Savage Rumbaugh and Bonobos Kanzi & Panbanisha.

Savage-Rumbaugh created the Lexigram board as a language of communication for the bonobos, which consists of 400 arbitrary symbols on a board that represent 400 words. During Cooper’s visit, Panbanisha decides that he should dress up in a bunny suit to deliver requested treats. Humiliating or hilarious is up to the person portraying the bunny, you be the judge. Watch that video below.

And for those of you that are wondering what the huge pink thing is hanging from Kanzi’s younger half-sister Panbanisha—it’s her genitals swelling which is normal for female reproductive bonobos.

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Photo credit: cc: flickr.com/photos/tulanesally and screen capture cnn.com