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Smart Gorillas

  1. Sep 30, 2005 #1

    dduardo

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    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/09/29/AR2005092901934.html

    "The first instance was observed last October when a female gorilla (nicknamed Leah by scientists) attempted to wade through a pool of water created by elephants, but found herself waist deep after only a few steps. Climbing out of the pool, she retrieved a branch from a dead tree and used the stick to test the depth of the water."

    This is quite an amazing discovery. Who would have thought Gorillas were capable of using tools. Give them another million years and they could be building fire.
     
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  3. Sep 30, 2005 #2

    Ivan Seeking

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    Maybe it was another variety of ape, but I've seen footage of apes using small sticks to retrieve ants from the colony. They would insert the stick in the hole, allow the ants to cover the stick, then retract it and lick off the ants.
     
  4. Sep 30, 2005 #3
    Why didn't you post it in biology forum anyway ? :rolleyes:
     
  5. Sep 30, 2005 #4
    There's a species of chimp that uses sticks to crack open nuts. The interesting thing is how the mothers show the kids how to do it, deliberately going slowly through the motions in front of them.
     
  6. Sep 30, 2005 #5

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    Something like this has a broader appeal.
     
  7. Sep 30, 2005 #6
    ooooohh, that looks like bears with chestnuts
     
  8. Sep 30, 2005 #7

    Ivan Seeking

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    djeipa, I have been looking at a number of your posts and they are not appreciated. Please stay on topic.
     
  9. Sep 30, 2005 #8
    Thank you very much, I was happy with the news, and appriciated the information brought up by zoobyshoe about how mothers helped kids get over the trouble of learning how to eat nuts. Those GOD blessed MONKEYs should be EDUCATED to be HUMANs rather Monkeys.
    I will try to post on topic.

    I am not good at evolution, but I think some years later those monkeys might be humans.
     
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  10. Sep 30, 2005 #9

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    Oh, that sounds like djeipa with ADD :smile: (Let's go check out the new web games now!!!)

    I watched this PBS program years ago. Researchers leave a life-size leopard mannequin inside a monkey tribe's territory. Upon its discovery, the tribe circle it from a distance and make noises. Then they throw tree branches at it. Finally they gather courage to move closer and hit it with branches (then laugh at how it's not even moving, I guess).
     
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