April 19, 2007

Don’t stare at the chimpanzees, please

Posted in Biology, Life, Nature, Science, Society at 9:31 am by deadlikeme

chimp.jpgLook away when an animal seeks to make contact with you, or take a step back. Some individuals are more interested with visitors than their own kind,” says a sign outside the chimp enclosure at the Antwerp Zoo.

New rules have been established at the city zoo urging visitors not to form a bond with a particular male chimp named Cheetah. He was raised by humans but is now bonding with the seven other apes at the park. Cheetah’s continued interaction with humans delays his integration into the animal group.

CNN Article

If you are interested in the subject of chimpanzees being raised by humans, I recommend Douglas Preston‘s novel Jennie.

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