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Science & Research

Swedish Chimp Planned Attacks on Visitors

Published tisdag 10 mars 2009 kl 17.43
Santino - the angry chimp

A Swedish chimpanzee has shown scientists that apes are cleverer than previously believed and have the ability to plan ahead.

A male chimp at Furuvik Zoo, north of Stockholm, spends his mornings calmly and methodically gathering a large amount of stones. These he uses to pelt visitors with later on in the day. This behaviour suggests that the ape is able to remember things and make assumptions on what will happen in the future. He knows he will get angry with the visitors later on in the day – so he gathers ammunition.

The study has been conducted by Mathias Osvath, researcher in Cognitive Science at Lund University, in the south of Sweden. According to him, this research is important as many scientists today argue that only humans can imagine future scenarios- that this is one of the most important differences between humans and animals.

“The observations have been gathered over a period of ten years and they are proof that apes have a complex understanding of the future,” Osvath told Swedish news agency TT.

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