May 10, 2012

Zoo Chimp's Elaborate Plot to Attack Visitors

Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News


AP Photo

"Santino," a male chimpanzee at Furuvik Zoo in Sweden, is devising increasingly complex attacks against zoo visitors.

At first Santino was famous for throwing rocks and other projectiles at visitors who annoyed him. Now he has improved his technique, which requires spontaneous innovation for future deception. Researcher Mathias Osvath, lead author of a paper about Santino in PLoS ONE, explained what the clever chimp did.

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TAGGED: Behavior, Theory Of Mind, Deception, Thinking, Chimpanzee

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