Saturday, June 20, 2009
Gorilla Gets A Knife
Magilla Gorilla gets a knife?
From Red Orbit:
An Official at the Calgary Zoo in Canada say the gorilla that visitors had photographed holding a knife had no intent for violence.
The photos showed Barika, the gorilla, holding the blade and pointing it at another gorilla in her cage.
The knife was left behind by a zookeeper who had entered the cage to prepare food, Cathy Gaviller, the zoo's director of conservation, education and research, said.
...primates will pick up new items in their cages because they are curious, but they quickly get bored if they cannot eat the object or figure out a use for it, she said.
Gorillas do use tools in captivity, but they have no concept of using weapons and would have never thought to be violent with a knife, Gaviller said.
It doesn't take a zoologist and 12 years of PHD studies to figure that one out.
I think the the "zoo's director of conservation, education and research" is making a statement that is more geared to political-animal correctness than it is factual.
In fact, I once witnessed in Florida a medium sized poodle in a back yard successfully using nunchucks to defend itself against a 10-foot long wayward alligator that thought of the poodle as a mid-day snack.
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