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"Monkeys in zoos have human gut bacteria"
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9/5/2016 12:41:01 PM
Posted: 4 months ago
Recently, a study conducted by researchers from the University of Minnesota found that monkeys in captivity lose their natural wild gut bacteria, and would instead gain the same sort of bacteria present in our guts (Effect of this is unknown, but could likely have a negative impact). The researchers suggested that the cause of this was that the monkeys weren't eating enough plant material, to test this they conducted similar studies on semi-captive monkeys (These ones were partially fed by humans). The results showed that these monkeys had bacteria compositions at a midway between captive and wild monkeys, so it seems likely that plant material (Lack of) is the cause of this change in captive monkeys.
Monkeys are great, we should give them more plants to eat!