Thursday, September 22, 2011
Young Bonobo Shows Signs Of Autism?
Teco isn't acting like others his age. Constantly on the move, performing repetitious behaviors and avoiding eye contact, he puzzled his mother, who didn't know how to handle him at first. Surely, this isn't normal behavior for a year-old bonobo that should be learning the ins and outs of his ape social group. Speculating the roots of Teco's change, staff at the Great Ape Trust who care for the young bonobo put forth a surprising theory: What if Teco is autistic?...Could the primate's unnatural rearing or early interaction with humans affect his developmental trajectory? It's not clear, and likely won't be for some time. more