Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Yes, the Monkeys ARE Plotting Against Us
Some people call it an important scientific discovery--I call it hilarious! A thirty-one-year-old chimp at a Swedish zoo has a fascinating hobby. Every morning before visitors arrive, Santino (as he's called) searches his enclosure for rocks. Sometimes he even tears hunks of concrete from the walls.
After calmly preparing for the day's battle, the chimp waits in the part of his enclosure that's nearest the public viewing area. Then, as the visitors arrive to gawk at him, he shows them just how much he appreciates all the attention.
What's so surprising about this behavior? Apparently it's the first proof we have that animals can plan for future attacks. The study began eleven years ago when zoo keepers first came across Santino's personal stash of missiles.
Here's my question . . . So Santino's busy with his own personal grudges. But what are the other apes planning?
Read more here.
PS: I know chimps aren't "monkeys," so no nasty letters, please!
PSS: Thanks to Emma for the tip!