Mar 8th 2010 By Jeremy Taylor
Our happy hour fact to amaze your drinking buddy with.
There is new evidence that gorillas occasionally feast on their primate cousins.
are herbivores in their natural habitat, yet will sometimes eat meat when in captivity. However, recent feces-testing of wild, African mountain gorillas has uncovered DNA from monkeys
, suggesting that the behemoths may sometimes feast on their smaller, distant relatives.
There are a couple more innocent explanations for this discovery: Gorillas may eat ants who have previously scavenged the carcasses of monkeys. Or monkeys may sometimes lick or sniff gorilla poo, thus leaving their signature genetic material on the droppings.
Which begs the question: Is it more disgusting to eat a monkey or lick a gorilla's poo? (We're more grossed out by the latter.)