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STOCKHOLM – A canny chimpanzee who calmly collected a stash of rocks and then hurled them at zoo visitors in fits of rage has confirmed that apes can plan ahead just like humans, a Swedish study said Monday. Santino the chimpanzee's anti-social behavior stunned both visitors and keepers at the Furuvik Zoo but fascinated researchers because it was so carefully prepared.
According to a report in the journal Current Biology, the 31-year-old alpha male started building his weapons cache in the morning before the zoo opened, collecting rocks and knocking out disks from concrete boulders inside his enclosure. He waited until around midday before he unleashed a "hailstorm" of rocks against visitors, the study said.
"These observations convincingly show that our fellow apes do consider the future in a very complex way," said the author of the report, Lund University Ph.D. student Mathias Osvath. "It implies that they have a highly developed consciousness, including lifelike mental simulations of potential events."
Originally posted by Ashnoth
This certainly doesn't prove planning at all. How is anyone to know the chimp collected rocks with the intention of throwing them at people. Very likely the 2 events (collecting and throwing) had nothing to do with each other. BUT, people like to read into these kinds of things, so most will believe they have to do with each simply because they WANT to believe it.
Originally posted by DimensionalDetective
Pretty wild. These creatures are showing their intelligence and evolution more and more in recent times.