Monkeys put off sex by bystanders, says study
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Randy monkeys are refusing to have sex when surrounded by their own kind, according to the latest research from the Biomedical Primate Research Centre in the Netherlands. Anne Overduin-de Vries and her co-workers observed the sexual dynamics of a group of 27 long-tailed macaques. Repeatedly, they displayed human-like levels of discretion by shying away from bystanders during copulation – irrespective of the bystander’s gender or rank. The research states that both males and females like to harass copulating partners, so monkeys have adjusted their sexual behaviour by soliciting sex less often in the company of others. A press release states: “In terms of the motivation behind sneaky copulations, the authors found no evidence of tactical deception”, which suggest that the monkeys are just after a bit of privacy and nothing more!
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