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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.

How does she know gorillas have no concept of using weapons? Didn't she see the "Planet of The Apes" movies?

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Comments:
A gorilla will take 2 seconds to figure out that this sharp thing with a metal blade can help him do a lot of things, bad and evil.

It doesn't take a zoologist and 12 years of PHD studies to figure that one out.
 
Tym, I agree with you.

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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