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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Bonobo Eating an Orange

While balancing on a rope bridge, Lucy, a young bonobo at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens enjoys an orange. Bonobos have similar nutritional requirements as human beings. All primates need vitamin C, otherwise they will develop a potentially fatal condition called scurvy. Captive bonobos are supplied a "monkey biscuit" which is fortified with vitamin C, but the unstable vitamin is only guaranteed for 90 days. Besides being tasty, fresh fruit ensures that the animals get the necessary C for optimal health.

Photo by: M. Brickner

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