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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 08:33 AM
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Borneo Apes Communicate Through Mime
http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/61991/title/...

For example, orangutans being rehabilitated into free-living forest life at a facility on Borneo sometimes get dirt scrubbed off their faces by a person with a leaf, says study coauthor and cognitive ecologist Anne Russon of York University in Toronto. So, she says, she did know what was going on when a young male called Cecep plopped down in front of her and handed her a leaf.

I played dumb, she remembers. He waited a respectable few seconds, then all the while looking me in the eye he took back the leaf, rubbed it on his own forehead. Again he handed it to her. Then I did as I was told, she says, and wiped away the dirt.


There's also an interesting video of this behavior at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-10926301

The more we learn about apes, the more we understand about ourselves.
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davidinalameda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 08:37 AM
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1. but can they do the walking against the wind
or the stuck in the box one

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Yo_Mama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 08:45 AM
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2. I've seen dogs do that too
A very interesting story, but not that surprising, really.

I think it is only western culture's disconnect with the natural world that makes this "news".
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Stevenmarc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 08:49 AM
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3. Don't apes have it hard enough without comparing them to mimes
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 09:31 AM
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4. What do you have against mimes?
Or Borneo, for that matter? :evilgrin:
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Johonny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 10:12 AM
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5. Can't wait for the Monster Quest episode looking for the invisible box
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treestar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 11:02 AM
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6. And the more we learn about Republicans.
:rofl:
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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 11:11 AM
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7. Indeed!
K & R :thumbsup:
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