The hairless chimps pictured in the video below were a father-son duo named Jambo and Mongo, who were both born with hereditary alopecia. Alopecia is an autoimmune condition where the body attacks its own hair follicles, resulting in hair loss.
The pair resided at Twycross Zoo in Atherstone, England. Unfortunately, Mongo died suddenly in 2016 at the age of 22, but Jambo is still thriving at the Zoo.
Chimpanzees are our closest living relatives, but are much stronger than us humans; According to experts, their strength is about 1.5 times greater than ours. This is due to the higher content of fast twitch muscle fibers, which is an adaptation for climbing and swinging. They also outshine us in grip strength: an adult chimp’s grip strength is estimated at being anywhere from 440 to 727 pounds. (In contrast, humans range from 44 to 72 pounds, and anything above 84 is considered exceptional.)
Watch a video of one of these unique apes:
When defending themselves, chimps can rip off ears, eyelids, jawbones, fingers, and other delicate body parts as the famous chimpanzee named Travis did to Charla Nash. Unlike most animals, the primates are highly intelligent and self-aware, and can be quite hostile towards social outcasts.
Watch another video of the hairless chimps below:
Chimpanzees are the most closely related species to humans, and we can see that they’re a lot like us in many ways. They have even been documented waging wars in a similar fashion to humans.
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