Chimpanzee’s plan to attack zoo visitors shows evidence of premeditated thought

My article of the day (on so many levels) written by Mark Henderson and published in The Times.

“When Santino the chimpanzee started pelting zoo visitors with stones, his keepers were mystified.

“Not that they were surprised by his displays of aggression — the 31-year-old chimp is, after all, a dominant male. But there was no obvious source of stones in his enclosure; so where was he finding all the missiles?

“All became clear when they carried out a search and found his stockpiles of rocks. Santino had been fishing stones from the moat surrounding his enclosure – and, even more impressively, he had been shaping odd pieces of concrete into aerodynamic disc-shaped missiles. Then he had been stashing them away for future use…

“But his behaviour has led scientists to conclude that premeditation is not a uniquely human trait.

“It seems chimpanzees, too, are capable of forward planning, and have a sophisticated understanding of past and future…”

Read more here

And here


About Richard J White

I am currently employed as a Reader in Human Geography. Having completed my doctoral thesis at The University of Leicester (Department of Geography) I worked as Research Assistant at The University of Warwick (Institute for Employment Research). I joined Sheffield Hallam University as a Lecturer in Economic Geography in 2006, and was the Course Leader for the B.A. (Hons) Human Geography degree between 2013-2015. Teaching Interests I have a broad interest in many radical approaches within both Human Geography, and other related social sciences. My particular expertise explores alternative/ post-capitalist forms of work and organization; anarchist and dissident geographies; geographies of activism and resistance; and critical animal geographies.
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One Response to Chimpanzee’s plan to attack zoo visitors shows evidence of premeditated thought

  1. roger yates says:

    Such a wonderful story!

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