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Chimpanzees

Humans are not the only animals to engage in war - Similar behaviors are seen in chimpanzees, wolves, lions and even ants


There are two broad categories of behavior that, in humans, may be labeled as "war." The first and most familiar to us are large-scale battles between two or more opposing forces. Similar behavior is seen in many species of ants and other social insects, in which battles may take place between tens of thousands of individuals from different colonies. Most of these battles take place over territory. Insects deploy a wide variety of tactics in these battles -- including, in at least one termite species, suicide bombing! As they age, workers in the species Neocapritermes taracua fill up with toxic blue crystals. In battle, the termites explode, spraying their enemies with poison.

US group sues to demand personhood for chimpanzees


A Florida-based non-profit group has filed a lawsuit seeking legal personhood for a chimpanzee named Tommy that is currently being detained in a cage in Fulton County, New York. The Nonhuman Rights Project (NRP) maintains that chimpanzees like Tommy possess unique cognitive abilities that closely match those found in humans, and that these creatures deserve to be regarded as people with protected rights just like humans.
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