Orangutans Join the Ranks of Apes With Medical Knowledge

I’m probably a month late and thirty dollars short on this one. However, last month, an article in New Scientist detailed the observation of orangutans self-medicating with an anti-inflammatory topical balm. The observation of rubbing an ointment into the fur is also a newly documented type of self-medication for any non-human ape. I love this type of information. It shows once again that the vast majority of differences between humans and other animals are differences in magnitude, not in kind.

Wild orangutans treat pain with natural anti-inflammatory

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2 Responses to Orangutans Join the Ranks of Apes With Medical Knowledge

  1. Cinaedh says:

    Just this morning, a friend told me Scotch whiskey is a natural anti-inflammatory medication.

    Without seeking corroboration, I choose/chose to believe her.

  2. Cinaedh,

    That has excellent truthiness to it. I see no reason to look for actual medical research that either supports or denies such an obvious truth. Just take your medicine as needed.

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