Yesterday, I posted about adoption themes in the new DisneyNature film, Chimpanzee. Imagine my surprise when the guest on The Daily Show tonight was Dr. Jane Goodall, spokesperson for the film!
The review I posted had this line: "even in nature foster care and adoption happen." Hmm. So I was intrigued when Dr. Goodall spoke about how the orphaned chimpanzee, Oscar, was taken in by the leader of the pack, Freddie. Jon Stewart asked her if this was a common thing (I got the feeling he was asking if it was a common thing for a MALE to take in the orphan, but maybe that was just me), and Dr. Goodall said no. Ordinarily, she said, when a mother dies, the orphaned chimp would be cared for by an older brother or older sister (that takes care of the gender thing). She said that it was extremely unusual for someone outside the family to take in the orphan.
So, while adoption happens "even in nature," it's relative adoption, not stranger adoption among chimpanzees. Who knew?!