Young great apes tease and annoy their elders in playful behaviour – video

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Footage of great apes has revealed that humans are not the only ones to endure seemingly endless bouts of teasing dished out by their young ones who appear intent on pushing their luck.

Recordings of chimps, orangutans, bonobos and gorillas found the animals to be masters of the dubious art, embarking on an impressive range of playful and occasionally somewhat aggressive acts ranging from the cheeky and plain silly to the fabulously irritating.

From 75 hours of footage taken at San Diego and Leipzig zoos, scientists documented 142 clear instances of great apes teasing their compadres, with most instigated by juveniles aged three to five years old

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