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Facts about A Chimpanzee

We cannot stress this strongly enough – Chimpanzees do not make good pets and in many locations having a chimpanzee as a pet is illegal. Chimpanzees are wild animals. They are not domesticated like a dog or cat. Chimpanzees stay with their mothers until they are at least 5 years old.

They rely heavily on a wide variety fruit and leaves, but also eat insects, bark, eggs, nuts, and even hunt monkeys and other small animals for meat. Chimpanzees spend a large part of their day looking for food and eating, but they do not wander aimlessly through the forest hoping to bump into food.

The main predator, or natural enemy, of the chimpanzee is the leopard. However, a full-grown chimp is a very powerful animal, so leopards prefer to attack, kill and eat young or baby chimpanzees. Usually, young chimpanzees stay very close to adult chimpanzees however, so it is hard for a leopard to catch one.Mar 29, 2010

Their climbing lifestyle accentuates the need for arm strength. A chimp on four legs can easily outrun a world-class human sprinter. But it sounds extreme to suggest that humans are only an eighth as strong as chimpanzees. Consider that a large human can bench-press 250 pounds.Feb 25, 2009

They say chimps are three to five times stronger than humans—something Hawkes would argue isn't proven—but their explanation for why might still pass muster. They say that a big reason chimps can lift heavier things than we can, is that they have less control over how much muscle they use each time they lift.Jan 14, 2013

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