"Human Interaction" is to Blame for the Blowjob-Giving Apes' Approaching Extinction

By Gerald Lynch on at

The bonobo breed of ape, perhaps best known for being one of the few animals in the world aside from humans that performs oral sex, is on the brink of extinction due to excessive "human interaction".

And no, you filthy minded lot, not that kind of human interaction -- something far less salacious but just as sad instead. Only living in the wild in Congo, the apes are being hunted out of existence, with the breed's meat considered a delicacy, while the bonobo's natural habitat is also increasingly dwindling due to heavy deforestation. And, as habitable areas for the chimps shrink, they're increasingly coming into contact with the very humans out to hunt them, causing the extinction process to accelerate.

With the bonobo the least-understood of all African apes, scientists hope that a newly published paper highlighting its plight will lead to the formation of national parks within which the bonobo can live undisturbed. [Biodiversity and Conservation via The Register]

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