Thursday, April 25, 2013

I LIKE This Chimp...!

Many of us are always talking about having the freedom to do exactly what we want, when we want! Well, some animals have those same ideas!

Surprisingly, there is one chimp that is taking "personal freedom" to a whole new level! I have a feeling that this chimp is a lot closer to some humans than we want to admit! He does what he wants, he's sneaky about it, and he is becoming a better shot! Gotta just love this chimp!

Santino The Chimp

Santino is a chimpanzee at Sweden’s Furuvik Zoo. Santino is a normal chimp—except that he’s a bit of a jerk. In 2010, Santino began throwing rocks at zoo patrons—which, to be fair, isn’t too far out of the ordinary.

What is strange, however, is that Santino started getting better at it. He began hiding rocks around his enclosure, under hay and behind boulders that were within striking distance of patrons. He would then wait for the zoo to get busy and begin hurling rocks at people. Scientists love to study Santino’s behavior because he exhibits foresight, an understanding of cause and effect, and the ability to plan; traits that are often thought of as exclusively human.

The rest of us are a little creeped out by this hyper-intelligent chimp. If he can organize a strategic rock attack against zoo patrons, how long before chimps launch a full scale rebellion against humankind and take over the world? Seems like a logical progression to me.

I'm thinking that maybe we should take a lesson from ol' Santino and follow his example! In order to keep the wardens of the zoo from taking your rocks, hide them! Not all in one place, but hide them all over.

Practice a lot so that you don't waste all your rocks due to bad shots. Make every rock count! The main thing to remember whatever you want, as long as it pisses off the keepers of the zoo!

Coffee out on the patio this morning. It's a little cloudy, but it's not raining!


Chickenmom said...

Smart critter.
We can all take a lesson from him: hide your ammunition!
I'll bring some warm crumb buns this morning for all to enjoy.

Phyllis (N/W Jersey)

Momlady said...

Am taking a rock safety course tonight and will get to practice rock throwing soon.

linda m said...

Those are some very good thoughts. Chimps are a lot smarter than we give them credit for. I say hide it from the "zoo keepers". What they don't know you have they can't take. And then use it when they come too close. hehehe! Way to go Santino!

Baby Sis said...

Bubba -

If the keepers are kept off guard, all the better for the rest of us, right? Anything to keep them out of our business of living and running our own lives.

I'd love some hot coffee on your patio this am - be right over (wishful thinking!). How about some spinach and bacon souffle to go with that?

Big Hugs -

JO said...

Chips are very smart. They have proven it more than once. I won't be visiting that Zoo don't need a rock hitting my head and rattling whats left up there. :)

Coffee on the patio is good. Still a little to chilly in the morning for my patio.

Gorges Smythe said...

Wonder what he'd do if a bunch of people had their own rocks and threw back at him?

HermitJim said...

Hey Phyllis...
You go, girl! Those crumb buns sure sound good!

Thanks for coming over this morning!

Hey Momlady...
I reckon you'll do well at that rock tossing!

The safety course isn't a bad idea!

Thanks for the visit today!

Hey Linda...
Sounds like something we could all put into practice, right?

Gotta learn from our cousins!

Thanks for dropping by today!

Hey Sis...
Distraction is a great tool when used properly!

May have to make Mom another fire tonight! Bring marshmallows!

Thanks for stopping by this morning!

Hey Jo...
I'm with ya on not wanting any rocks hitting my head! Rattles way too much already!

Thanks, sweetie, for coming over today!

Sixbears said...

Good lesson from our primate cousin. Only natural to want to rebel when stuck behind bars.

HermitJim said...

Hey Gorges...
He would probably learn to use a bat and start hitting them back like baseballs!

Thanks for coming over today!

Hey Sixbears...
Sounds to me like he has this whole situation well in hand!

Many thanks for dropping in today!

Mamahen said...

Pretty smart critter..I haven't thrown any rocks for awhile but thinking it's like riding a bike....I missed coffee this a.m. Maybe can heat a cup of water for tea over the eveing fire...