10 Impressive Examples Of Animal Self-medication

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10 Impressive Examples Of Animal Self-medication

Apes are close genetic relatives to humans. This may be why most of the research on zoopharmacognosy has been focused on them, as it can then be more readily applied to humans. Orangutans are not the only apes that self-medicates, as chimpanzees are known to engage in similar practices.

Chimpanzees are smart creatures, so it may not come as a surprise that they are able to ease their own ailments. In Africa, they eat the same bitter pith that local residents use to control nematode infections. It is unknown which species used the plant first, but it is clear that they are both capable of medicating themselves.

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