Tuesday, September 01, 2009

The Importance Of Grooming

All animals regularly groom themselves to keep their fur, feathers, scales, or other skin coverings in good condition. This activity is known as personal grooming, preening, or auto-grooming and is a form of hygiene. Foreign objects such as insects, parasites, dead skin, and leaves, dirt and twigs, are some of the items typically removed.However, social grooming is an activity in which individuals in a group clean or maintain each other's body or appearance. It is a major social activity, and a means by which animals that live in proximity can bond and reinforce social structure, family bonds, and build relationships. Social grooming is also used as a form of reconciliation and a means of conflict resolution in some species.
Long-tailed Macaques for example perform social groom regularly. Among primates, social grooming plays an important role in establishing and maintaining alliances and hierarchy.
It means leaving no stones unturned.

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