Sunday, February 25, 2007
Chimps Now Hunting?
For the first time ever, scientists have observed chimpanzees making and using weapons to hunt. The chimps fashioned branches into spears, using their teeth to sharpen the instruments, then the chimps used the weapons to stab smaller primates hiding inside trees to kill and then devour the smaller creatures. The female chimps were involved in this process which is also unusual. Although this behavior has never been observed, "There were hints that this behaviour might occur, but it was one time at a different site," said Jill Pruetz, assistant professor of anthropology at Iowa State University. The prey in this case was a smaller primate known as the Bushbaby.
I have to thoughts on this. One, are the chimps planning on using these weapons on humans. Maybe The Planet of the Apes will come true indeed as was predicted in the movie. And who do we have to blame for this? American Idol's Simon Cowell of course! He was the one afterall that started the dislike of Bushbabys when he called one of the contestants a Bushbaby. Way to go, Simon. Now, not only do we have to worry about Al-Qeida, but spearing carrying chimps!