Humans not the only creatures that floss

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Tokyo - Thai monkeys have been observed showing their young how to floss - proof primates teach offspring to use tools, a Japanese researcher said Wednesday.

"I was surprised because teaching techniques on using tools properly to a third party are said to be an activity carried out only by humans," Professor Nobuo Masataka of Kyoto University's Primate Research Institute told AFP.

His research team observed seven female long-tailed macaques and their offspring and monitored how often the mothers cleaned the spaces between their teeth with strands of human hair, in a colony of 250 animals near Bangkok.

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Crocodiles routinely lay with their jaws open to allow birds to clean between their teeth.
 

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The macaque monkeys that teach their babies how to floss

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/wor...6/The-macaque-monkeys-teach-babies-floss.html

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