This video from the USA is called: Bush or chimp; you decide!
From New Vision in Uganda:
January 11, 2007
Posted to the web January 12, 2007
RESEARCHERS at Kibale National Park have discovered that chimps eat plants similar to the ones used by traditional healers to treat malaria and diarrhoea.
“The chimps and human beings around Kibale use similar plants to overcome sickness,” Sabrina Kreif, a researcher, said.
She was speaking at Makerere University’s Faculty of Science at a ceremony to launch a memorandum of cooperation between Uganda Wildlife Authority and French institutions.
In her five-year study at Kanyawara research station, located on the edge of Kibale, Krief found that chimps carefully select and consume plants like mululuza, which have little nutritive value.
These plants, however, have medical properties that help the chimps to overcome malaria and diarrhoea, as well as to expel worms from their intestines, Krief said.
Her research included collecting and analysing chimp dung and urine.
“I had to examine the dung to find out the plants in their diet and then extract the active components,” she said.
She also monitored the behaviour of the chimps to find out if there was any improvement each time sick chimps ate the plants.
One might wonder whether these plants also help against mental illness.
If so, a certain chimp in Washington, DC, in the USA, judging from his Iraq war plans, has forgotten to have his mululuza … no, sorry, I retract this; I don’t want to insult chimpanzees!
Marabou storks in Uganda: here.