Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Chimps and Their Preparations

A Chimpanzee in Sweden really freaked a bunch of people out, when it calmly stashed a bunch of rocks and concrete, and started hurling it at zoo visitors.

From the article:
"A canny chimpanzee who calmly collected a stash of rocks and then hurled them at zoo visitors in fits of rage has confirmed that apes can plan ahead just like humans, a Swedish study said Monday. Santino the chimpanzee's anti-social behavior stunned both visitors and keepers at the Furuvik Zoo but fascinated researchers because it was so carefully prepared.

According to a report in the journal Current Biology, the 31-year-old alpha male started building his weapons cache in the morning before the zoo opened, collecting rocks and knocking out disks from concrete boulders inside his enclosure. He waited until around midday before he unleashed a "hailstorm" of rocks against visitors, the study said."

Well this is great. Chimps are basically small apes with SuperHuman strength. Their big drawback is that they do eat and throw their own poo. That aside, chimps could dominate us if they chose to. Another gem from the article:

"Seemingly at ease with his position as leader of the group, Santino didn't attack the other chimpanzees. The attacks were only directed at humans viewing the apes across the moat surrounding the island compound where they were held."

"It could be that he is a genius, only more research will tell. On the other hand our research showed the same in orangutans and bonobos so he is not alone," Call said.

Wow ... bonobos, for all you people out there, are the second species of Chimpanzees who not only make their own tools for getting ants out of the ground for snacks, but also already walk upright on two legs on a pretty regular basis.

What all this proves is that once again, with a bit of planning on the part of the animals (which AU2012 already knows they can do), we're all sorts of f*cked ...

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