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A monkey mafia of sorts has been found operating around a tourist attraction in Bali, offering a possible insight into the evolution of bartering among humans.
Researchers say they recorded the animals at Uluwatu Temple stealing holiday makers' hats, glasses, cameras and phones, before later exchanging the possessions for food.
Those behind the study say it is the only place where the practice is observed, suggesting the behaviour is passed down from generation to generation in an intriguing manifestation of 'monkey see monkey do'.
The study concludes the existence of a learning curve among the creatures. First the monkeys learn how to steal, before later apparently working out how use their ill-gotten gains to barter for food.
According to the research, adult males are most likely to steal and to be more daring.
“Bartering and trading skills are not well known in animals. They are usually defined as exclusive to humans."
originally posted by: knowledgehunter0986
a reply to: Necrobile
Lol! Maybe that's where our lust comes from, natural animal instincts.
Can a monkey be considered a skank?