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Chimpanzee mother carries mummified remains of infant

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Research published in the journal Current Biology has offered a glimpse into how chimpanzees deal with death.

In this footage, filmed at Bossou, Guinea, a young chimpanzee plays with the mummified corpse of an infant group-mate, before the dead chimp's mother eventually retrieves it.

Lead author Dora Biro, from the University of Oxford, said: "Our observations showed a remarkable response by chimpanzee mothers to the death of their infants: they continued to carry the corpses for weeks, even months, following death".

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