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Thu Aug 2, 2012, 10:21 AM

Chimp asking for cracker. Stupid tourist thinks it's asking for help to escape

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http://gawker.com/5931041/zoo-chimp-asking-visitors-to-help-it-escape-is-by-far-the-most-depressing-thing-youll-see-today

Zoo Chimp Asking Visitors to Help it Escape Is By Far the Most Depressing Thing You’ll See Today

At the Welsh Mountain Zoo near Colwyn Bay, visitors are shocked when a chimpanzee appears to instruct them on how to open its enclosure so it can escape.

Upon closer inspection, the Internet has determined that the chimp is actually using British Sign Language to request the cracker that is on the ground behind the enclosure windows.

Either way, there is plenty here to be depressed about.

(H/T: Reddit)

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siligut Aug 2012 #1
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Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 02:00 PM

1. And then the chimpanzee just sort of moves away, frustrated and the tourist tries to get him back

The chimp did his best to communicate, seriously, who doesn't know food is a prime motivator? But the tourist, even when the chimp points directly at the cracker, then to his mouth and then to his hand, just imitates the hand movement and starts to do hand motions of his own to show the chimp that what he really wants it to get out of his enclosure.

It is depressing but interesting, it says a lot about the tourist.

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Thu Aug 2, 2012, 02:22 PM

2. Was the tourist American?

According to the Telegraph article...

"In one gesture, its enterlaced fingers are reminiscent of the American Sign Language representation of the word 'gate'."

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