Young bonobos offer comforting hugs and sex, say scientists.// Although bonobos are known as the "empathic" apes, researchers previously thought that comforting behaviour was too complex for juveniles to grasp. But studies at the Lola Ya Bonobo sanctuary in DR Congo, revealed that the youngsters often consoled the losers of social squabbles. Researchers also found that apes raised by their mothers were more likely to offer comfort than orphans.
Roxanne, an arctic fox at the Detroit Zoo, came to the Detroit Zoo in 2010 with her sister Moxie, joining their older sister Alex. The trio reside at the Arctic Ring of Life, North America's largest polar bear exhibit, which also houses seals. (Photo by Mark M. Gaskill)