Join the Unexplained Mysteries community today! It's free and setting up an account only takes a moment.
- Sign In or Create Account -
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Still Waters

Monkey seen helping another monkey give birth

9 posts in this topic

Humans aren't built for giving birth. Babies' heads are big to accommodate their big brains, but the mother's hips are small because they walk upright. As a result, birth takes hours and is extremely painful – and midwives almost always help out.

Other animals may find birth difficult, particularly if the babies have been gestating for a long time and have grown large. Nevertheless, most mammals have it easier than humans. Monkeys give birth in less than ten minutes.

So it is a surprise that female black snub-nosed monkeys may be assisted by "midwives" when they give birth. This behaviour has only been seen once in this species, but it suggests that it's not just human mothers that need help giving birth.

http://www.newscient...ivers-baby.html

3 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 

cool.

not sure why but I liked this artical..

Perhaps because it show's that humanity is not alone in showing societal compassion..

A female monkey gave birth to her first infant within fifteen minutes late one morning. While sitting in a rhododendron tree, she began twisting her body and calling faintly. After 10 minutes she started screaming, and then another female climbed up the tree. She was an experienced mother, and sat beside the labouring female while the crown of the infant's head appeared. Once the head was fully exposed, the "midwife" pulled the baby out with both hands and ripped open the birth membranes.

Within a minute, the mother had reclaimed the infant from the midwife, severed the umbilical cord, and begun eating the placenta. A few minutes later, the midwife went back down to the forest floor to forage.

2 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

cool.

not sure why but I liked this artical..

Perhaps because it show's that humanity is not alone in showing societal compassion..

Not only are we not alone, I think this shows how our empathy evolved.

2 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Not only are we not alone, I think this shows how our empathy evolved.

cool.. I think you are right... :)

But I think it's a little more than empathy when you have young "mothers to be" being gathered around to view and learn the process.. That to me anyway, denotes a want or need for learning at a society level..

There are other mysteries about this that make you go hmmmmmmmmmm.....

Such as why do this breed only give birth at night making this such a rare occurace.. (this kind of denotes a societial programming around the sacred-ity of childbirth)

Society/civilisation, these are things that are often seen as human traits............................... I have to admit it is awe inspiring to see that is not just something that humans can do..

I don't think society and Civilisation are things born of instinct..

Edited by Professor T

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

An absolutely fascinating article, thanks for sharing it!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

No surprise for me as we're almost monkey and they're almost human.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Awesome story monkeys and apes are really smart.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Great article !

Woo woo Hee Hee Push.......

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

dude this this monkey is amazing and Awsome!!!that news right there!!!this is the kind of stuff they should talk about in the news!!!anyway i always found that animals are more human than real humans and nature never ceases to amaze me and will not stop:)that monkey should get a price and special treatment as in whatever those monkeys eat and etc!!! LOL

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.