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the soothing was always done by a valuable - or best - friend, a chimp with whom the victim would routinely play or share food .
sympathetic concern has also been observed in gorillas, bonobos, dogs and even rooks - but wit is the calming effect that it had on the chester zoo chimps which is said to be a new observation .
if these chimpanzees are actually motivated by empathy to console victims of aggression, they must first of all be able to recognise that the victim is distressed and then they must know what to do in gorder to act appropriately to respond to this distress, said dr fraser .
this is something often thought to be a unique trait to humans, so understanding the link between consolation and stress reduction in chimpanzees is an important step towards understanding whether or not chimpanzees are capable of this level of empathy .