We are just Apes, Thats it folks, apes that do incredible things, apes that defy gravity, apes that propel ourselves to the cosmos, apes that have deciphered the atomic nature of ourselves and our universe, but we are just apes hurtling around on a fragile speck of rock in oceans and oceans of infinity. Because we tinker with DNA, and fashion tools that allow us to peek into the ether of the universe, we at times forget that we are a race of tribalistic, raping, murdering, primitive dopamine and pheromone driven animals.
We forget that, taped on to our genetic essence is the predilection for incredible violence, rape, incest and a whole host of other things we like to pretend don’t cause a primitive limbic stir in all of us, and yet…they do, and every fifty shades of grey purchase, every celebration of trained killers we call soldiers, every rape fantasy, every act of bdsm, and hair pulling it all reminds us what we really are… We do these things, consensually, to reconnect with that primitive animal in all of us.
Thankfully our less sentient ape cousins chime in to remind us that we are borne out of the same primordial ooze they came from. A fascinating article I stumbled on titled Deadly Orangutan Attack: 2 Apes Team Up to Kill Another Shows us that it is very possible that primates such as orangutans and others, with their diminished kernels of sentience will occasionally visit on each other what comes very close to the human equivalent of murder, this time however the culprits were a male and female specimen acting in concert to pull off a hauntingly similar act of female proxy violence we so often see in our species. The article states the following:
A loud rumble, a scuffle and 33 long minutes of coordinated attacks by a female orangutan and her male partner led to the death of an older female orangutan in a Borneo forest, in what scientists say is the first incident of lethal aggression among orangutans ever observed by researchers.
Female orangutans are not normally aggressive. They are solitary, and rarely engage in fights, according to primatologist Anna Marzec, of the University of Zurich in Switzerland, who witnessed the event. Even more surprising is that the attacking female used a male orangutan as a “hired gun” to help corner and attack the victim, the scientist said.
Although aggression among primates is frequent, lethal attacks are rare, said Marzec. In fact, it has only been observed in a handful of species: chimpanzees, red colobus monkeys, capuchins, muriquis and spider monkeys. [Image Gallery: Lethal Aggression in Wild Chimpanzees]
“In previous observations, whenever we have seen aggression between females it hasn’t even led to injuries,” Marzec told Live Science. “It’s normally a quick chase, sometimes some hitting or biting but those females—and we’ve seen only six such cases before over 12 years of studies—they never even leave their victims with wounds. That’s why this particular case is so special.”
Aggression among primates is a normal expression of competition for resources, Marzec said. Males compete over females and females compete for food, but these skirmishes are usually between members of the same sex. The two sexes typically only associate during the few months before a female orangutan is ready to conceive, the researchers said.
The sci-fi geek in me wonders of these two were particularly intelligent specimens, perhaps their offspring would produce orangutan geniuses à la planet of the apes? or perhaps this behavior is actually much more frequent than is known and scientists simply have not had the opportunity to observe it, who knows.
The case Marzec and her colleagues observed involved a young female orangutan named Kondor, who had recently lost her infant, and an older female named Sidony. Both orangutans lived in Indonesia’s Mawas Reserve and had a history of aggressive interaction, the researchers said.
In the two weeks before the attack, Kondor was seen associating with various males, particularly one named Ekko, the researchers said. Kondor and Ekko approached Sidony together and Ekko sexually inspected Sidony before returning to mate with the younger Kondor, they added.
When Sidony started to move away, Kondor interrupted her mating and attacked Sidony. Immediately, Ekko also joined the fight, taking turns attacking the older female, the researchers reported. While one physically attacked Sidony, the other orangutan watched and blocked the victim’s escape.
The fight attracted another male orangutan, Guapo, to approach and protect Sidony, eventually leading the older female away from the fight. Despite his help preventing further attacks, Sidony sustained significant injuries and died two weeks later, according to the study.
Good grief that sounds horrific, it reads like a human suspense drama complete with a devious female wielding a pussy-whipped aggressive brute by his cock, and a white knight standing in to defend the female under attack. I don’t know how self aware and sentient these creatures are, but a part of me suspects….they knew what they were doing, perhaps they even understand on a much more primitive level what death is, can these beasts murder each other? I’ll leave that for you to decide.