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Female chimps play with 'dolls'

Youngsters mimic mothering by cradling sticks

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12:25pm, December 20, 2010

Deep in a Ugandan forest, Betsy Wetsy has gone wild.

A new study finds that young females in one group of African chimpanzees use sticks as dolls more than their male peers do, often treating pieces of wood like a mother chimp caring for an infant. In human cultures around the world, girls play with dolls and pretend that the toys are babies far more than boys do.

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