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November 5 2012

Monkey Sex Study: Macaques Avoid Bystanders, Competitors When Copulating

Just like humans, monkeys prefer to keep their private lives private--especially when it comes to sex, according to a new study from scientists at Utrecht University and the Biomedical Primate Research Centre in the Netherlands.

Other animals seem perfectly happy to do the nasty in public, so why exactly would monkeys prefer secrecy? The researchers suggested that the sneaky copulation happens to be opportunistic rather than intentional. That is, as males and females seek sex partners, they have a better chance of hooking up when there's no competition around to get in the way.

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