Relationships Can Be So Hard (Part 2)

Please refer back to my previous post, Relationships Can Be So Hard Part 1  before reading this one:

 Live Science reports that female chimps often cry out during sex (better known to scientists as “copulation calling”) to attract nearby males, but they keep quiet when other females are around so they don’t alert their competition, a new study finds. 

The hypothesis has long been that the females advertise their sexually receptive state in this way in order to attract potential mates, apparently to have them fight over the female  and ensure mating with the strongest male in the group and have the strongest offspring. (Here we go with the alpha male thing again….)

Instead, female chimpanzees seem to use the copulation calls strategically to enlist the future protective support of males against aggressive group members, especially other females. The females produced more calls when high-ranking males were around, but kept quiet during their mating when high-ranking females were nearby.

“The female chimps we observed in the wild seemed to be much more concerned with having sex with many different males, without other females finding out about it, than causing male chimps to fight over them,” the one of the researchers, Simon Townsend, says. 

He states that this strategy might minimize the risks of competition, because competition between females can be dangerously high in wild chimpanzees. 

He actually thinks that because females make the calls not only during their fertile period, but also when they’re not in the mood (uh..excuse me, I mean sexually receptive)  when they are most likely to conceive, they are acting something like the chimp equivalent of gold diggers.  

“Copulation calling therefore may be one potential strategy employed by female chimpanzees to advertise their receptivity to high-ranked males, confuse paternity, and secure future support from these socially important individuals,” Townsend said.

So is he calling female chimps promiscuous manipulators? No wonder our poor chimp couple looks so miserable.  We now know that the male is painfully and rightfully insecure, but as for her…well… check out her expression… Its like: get over it.. I am who I am.. girls will be girls…

The findings were published on June 18 in the online journal PLoS ONE. The study was funded by the BiotechnologAy and Biological Sciences Research Council of the United Kingdom, an EU Pathfinder grant 


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4 Responses to “Relationships Can Be So Hard (Part 2)”

  1. SanityFound Says:

    Dang I didn’t realise I was so loud!!! I honestly thought that no one could hear me… you know I’ve always wondered why I kept hearing pounding on the walls every night…. hmmm

  2. cordieb Says:

    Cool Post. I can’t help but notice that the findings were interpreted from a male’s point of view; often what males think we mean in “copulation calls” is not what we mean at all. Most women agree that the best o’s are silent or at least quiet. Anywho, games animals play seem no different than the ones we humans play; and we thought we had all the sense. Thanks for sharing this really cool information! Peace, Light and Love, Cordie

    BTW, were you Flower lover? I found that quite interesting too. We mourned more than her family and friends!

  3. feistysideoffifty Says:

    Loved that post! Those feisty chimp gals must be on to something!. Guess they take this “call of the wild” thing to some hot new heights!

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