Eleven tech-savvy chimps at the Edinburgh Zoo aren't just playing with orange boxes, they're using special cameras inside to shoot their own footage. As part of a documentary airing on BBC on Jan. 27, The Chimpcam Project shows them experiencing video streaming, using touchscreen technology, and recording their world with these orange boxes. Since chimpanzees can't yet talk (in ways we can understand), I've created my own dialogue for the "film" — check it out when you start this tech-evolutionary slideshow!
It’s time to get clever! A picture is worth a thousand words, but those messages vary from person to person. These two chimps are clearly enjoying a leek snack, but what do you think they are communicating? Suggest quotes or captions for this funny photo in your comments below, and I’ll do a roundup next week of some of my faves.
Will seven times be the charm for Cheeta the chimp? This famous monkey is once again petitioning the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to give him a star in 2009. Star of the 1967 comedy Dr. Doolitte and the Tarzan movies, Cheeta would become the first monkey to hold this honor.
Inclusion on the Hollywood Walk of Fame will not only give recognition to one of the international, animal megastars of all time, but focus attention on his fellow primates in the wilds of Africa who now face extinction.
Although he retired in 2003, the talent has eight movies under his belt, and a Guinness Record for being the oldest living chimp born April 9, 1932! He's up against some 200 other contenders for about 24 stars but I believe in lucky seven – I already signed Go Cheeta!
We've encountered Old McChimpanzee before. He's the overall-clad little guy who got punk'd by a couple of heartless bastards a few months back. But it's his turn to show everyone who's boss now. Jenga is the name of the game, and when he's not trying to make a move on the cutie next to him, our chimp plays a mean game. It's all in the hands, baby, all in the hands . . .
This dude's pet chimp (I want one!) knows how to get his attention when need be. The chimp beats him down and makes sweet music — belly bongo, anyone? I can't think of anything cuter than watching a baby chimp slam his hand on someone's bare gut repeatedly. Smack! Smack! Smack! Awww . . .
In order for chimpanzee, Matthew Hiasl Pan, to receive money, a home, and a guardian he would have to be considered a person and not property. The Austrian Supreme Court ruled against Association Against Animal Factories' attempts to gain guardianship of the animal – and their desires to create a foundation providing for his care may all be for naught. If you were a lawmaker in Austria, what would you do in this situation? Share your take in the comments below!
Although, when looking at this picture, I don't think anyone would see this chimpanzee as a human, that designation could very well change this animal's life. Matthew Hiasl Pan has been living in a shelter in Austria for the last 25 years, but now that organization is going bankrupt, leaving his happy home in jeopardy. Animal rights group, Association Against Animal Factories, petitioned to be appointed Matthew's trustee — and donors have come forward to help support the chimp. Sounds great, right?
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Remember those Geico "Even A Caveman Can Do It" ads? Well, the big chimp in this clip proves what I've long suspected and argued about with ex-boyfriends in the past: video games are so easy even a chimp could play them-- and play them well.
Years ago, there was a myth floating around that a woman over 30 had a better chance of getting hit by a bus than of getting married. The latest breaking animal news that male chimps prefer older females is perhaps even more depressing.
I don't even want to get married, but is this what I have to look forward to? Either getting hit by a bus or hit on by a chimp?