Wound Healing, Ben Mans Doctor unveiled for the first time

When a person gets a wound, it is cleaned before treatment, then ointment is applied, etc. However, the treatment of chimpanzees is different from humans for which they use insects.


According to the AFP news agency, scientists have seen this treatment of chimpanzees in Gabon, a West African country where chimpanzees not only heal their wounds with the help of insects but also help their friends.

The study, published Monday in the journal Current Biology, is important for the current scientific debate about chimpanzees, stating that chimpanzees and some other animals have the ability to help others.

Simon Pecca, a biologist involved in the research, told AFP that much could be written about the animal's potential.

The research project began in 2019 when a female chimpanzee named Susie was found examining a wound on her son's leg.

Susie immediately grabbed a worm from the air, put it in her mouth, pressed it, and then put it on her baby's leg.

He repeated this procedure two or three times and caught some other insects.

The sighting took place in Luango National Park off the coast of Gabon, where researchers are examining 45 endangered species of two to four chimpanzees.

During the next 15 months, scientists saw chimpanzees doing this at least 19 times.

Scientists have found that chimpanzees are more likely to be involved in fights with wounded groups or as a result of an accident, but other chimpanzees have found happiness in treating wounds.

Simon Pika says that in order to allow worms to infest an open wound, it is important for the infected chimpanzee to rely on a treating partner.

According to him, "it seems that he understands that putting a worm on the wound will heal his wound."

Researchers have not yet said which worm is used to treat wounds, but they believe it is a flying worm because chimpanzees have been spotted catching it fast.

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