Animals Video

By Lauren Fruen


THIS adorable footage appears to show two young apes enjoying a game of airplane together.

The cute clip shows the pair larking about at Cincinnati Zoo with one lifting the other up, mimicking moves human parents may just recognise.

PIC FROM Cincinnati Zoo / Caters News

The male bonobos in the video are two-year-old Bolingo and seven-year-old Zeke.

One of the zookeepers, Jeremy Phan, recorded the video of them playing and said the pair were laughing during the interaction.

The clip shows Bo balancing on Zeke’s upright foot as he bounces the younger ape up and down.

At one point it appears as if Bo is smiling.

PIC FROM Cincinnati Zoo / Caters News – (PICTURED: The male bonobos in the video are two-year-old Bolingo and seven-year-old Zeke at Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio, USA.) – THIS adorable footage appears to show two young apes enjoying a game of airplane together.The cute clip shows the pair larking about at Cincinnati Zoo with one lifting the other up, mimicking moves human parents may just recognise.The male bonobos in the video are two-year-old Bolingo and seven-year-old Zeke.SEE CATERS COPY

Bonobos are human’s closest living relatives and they share more than 98 per cent of the same DNA.

It means that they they are the most intelligent animal on the planet next to us.

But they are also extremely rare and the few bonobos left in the wild occur in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

A spokesman for the zoo said: “Bonobos are known for resolving conflict with embraces and affectionate behavior. They are often called “hippie” apes.

“Ten bonobos have been born at Cincinnati Zoo and represents a significant milestone for the Zoo and its effort to support collective population management with the Bonobo Species Survival Program (SSP) to conserve this critically endangered species.

“The Cincinnati Zoo is one of only seven zoos in the country with bonobos.”