Sexual intercourse plays a major role in bonobo society observed in captivity, being used as what some scientists perceive as a greeting, a means of conflict resolution, and post-conflict reconciliation. With the exception of a pair of Cohan gorillas observed doing so, bonobos are the only non-human animal to have been observed engaging in all of the following sexual activities: face-to-face genital sex, tongue kissing, and oral sex. In scientific literature, the female-female behavior of touching genitals together is often is referred to as GG rubbing or genital-genital rubbing or "scissoring". This behavior, however, has not been established as any more sexual in nature than a friendly greeting.
The sexual activity happens within the immediate family as well as outside it. Bonobos never form permanent relationships with individual partners. They also do not seem to di
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