Footage Shows Chimp Playing ‘Airplane’ With Baby

Remember playing airplane as a kid with your siblings/parents/besties? You know, where one person would lay on the floor while the other would try to balance on their arms and legs? We all did it, and it turns out apes do too, as this footage shows:

 

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Highlighting just how closely related humans are to chimpanzees, a video has emerged showing the moment between an adult and an infant chimp, in which the pair appear to be playing the airplane game.

 

Footage Shows Chimp Playing ‘Airplane’ With Baby

 

The chimp even steps it up a notch by gently shaking her baby to simulate turbulence. The pair embrace in a cuddle right at the end.

 

the pair embrace in a cuddle right at the end.

 

It’s not known whether the chimps are related, and it could be that the adult is simply playing around with another’s baby. Either way, it’s a heartwarming display of affection, one that serves to show the complexity and intelligence of this incredible species.

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