Orangutan herbalism

This is cool in so many ways.

One more nail in the coffin of human exceptionalism.

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/orangutan-healing-plants-1.7193830

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That is cool. Maybe that’s where humans learned it?

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Or maybe we inherited it from our hominid ancestors.

Depending on your point of view – and your standards for valid observation – herbalism may be more widespread in the animal kingdom. Juliette de Bairacli-Levy wrote books about herbal veterinary medicine. In one of them, she said that dogs are skilled herbalists. This might not be considered a “scientific” position, but it was based on her own observations.

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Our cat likes Anchusa leaves, which is borage family.

Surely the matriarch or alpha animal of a herd has a wealth of knowledge including local healing plants.