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Ingenious Survival Techniques

This pair of bonobos may be defusing a conflict right now!

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We hear a lot about the fight-or-flight instinct in humans, and how it's a link to our animal instincts. But several species of animals have more sophisticated -- or at least unusual -- behaviors when perceiving a threat.

Consider the bonobo. When things get testy in the bonobo communities, they don't respond by lashing out aggressively. Instead, the apes defuse the situation in another passionate way: with sex. And it's not just love they share: Bonobos seem to be altruistic creatures in general. They're more inclined to share with strangers than fight them for property and engage in sexual acts with bonobo pals if tempers flare. It's led to a life for the apes that some humans might consider a near-utopia of free love and peace.

In another case of animals protecting themselves in creative ways, gorillas in Rwanda were observed disabling snares set by poachers. Conservationists were surprised to see that the gorillas were able to recognize and disable the traps, but it seems that the gorilla had developed a quick, systematic way of destroying any threats they found.

But for every bonobo and gorilla ready to take action (however loving) against a threat, there are animals that just can't manage to get anything done. Read on to find out who procrastinates in the animal world -- or just wait and look later.

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