it is indeed a tangle of arms and legs and teeth everywhere! It's
tons of fun for them -- the wide open mouth on a chimpanzee like this
is referred to as "Play Face" and is usually an indication of fun and
The face entertainment chimpanzees make -- "the smile" -- is actually
a fear grimace!
Disclaimer: Chimpanzees shown here are not pets, nor should they be
considered as such. Chimpanzees are wild animals that belong in the
forest, and the pet trade fuels a vicious cycle of wild chimpanzee
slaughter and abuse. Chimps shown here are orphans and must be taken
care of in a sanctuary environment that mimics as best it can the
natural environment of chimpanzees and attempts to minimize the trauma
already inflicted on the infants.
Chimpanzees do NOT make good pets. They are wild animals, unmanageable
in a domestic setting, strong and willful and dangerous. For more
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