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Funko
09-06-2011, 07:34:26
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-13560247

Chimps have "replayed" an ancient fable, a team says in Plos One journal.

In Aesop's 2,000-year-old tale, a crow uses stones to raise the water level in a pitcher to reach the liquid so as to quench its thirst.

But when given a similar set up, chimps were able to attain an out-of-reach, floating peanut by spitting water taken from a dispenser into a vertical tube.

One hungry chimp went even further by urinating into the vessel to get hold of the prized snack.

"He was spitting water into the tube, then got frustrated," explained lead researcher Daniel Hanus from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Leipzig, Germany.

"So he started peeing and then he realised: 'Wait a minute, if I move in that direction, that fills up the tube'."

The chimp's unusual method proved successful, the scientist said. The fact that the peanut was urine-sodden did not deter the animal from eating it, he added.

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(yep, the lazy chimp who found spitting too much effort)

Funko
09-06-2011, 07:36:22
Going to have to run this experiment on Sophie when she's older. See at what age she can outperform a chimp.

Greg W
09-06-2011, 08:52:49
See how old she is by the stage she can learn to pee into a tube to get to food? :hmm:

Funko
09-06-2011, 09:49:25
The kids were given watering cans you Drekkus.

zmama
09-06-2011, 10:07:32
I wonder when Sophie will start experimenting on you!

Funko
09-06-2011, 10:45:21
She's already training me to understand what she wants. :beer:

zmama
09-06-2011, 10:49:56
Smrt like her momma :)

Greg W
09-06-2011, 12:16:34
The kids were given watering cans you Drekkus.What? Did you expect me to actually read the article? :bash:

zmama
09-06-2011, 12:53:34
Of course not!

Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
10-06-2011, 02:43:26
I wonder when Sophie will start experimenting on you!

I imagine, from my own experiences with tha babbies, she's already peeing on him.

Funko
10-06-2011, 07:19:14
Not yet, but we've had a couple of close calls so it won't be long.

Girl babies can't quite get the elevation on their pee that boy babies can.

zmama
10-06-2011, 07:28:16
With boys a defensive shield is a good idea...the second the air hits the little peashooter, it does :)

Tizzy
10-06-2011, 09:03:55
She has pooed on me already though.....

Noisy
10-06-2011, 09:14:24
She's already training me to understand what she wants. :beer:

Ah, so you've got beer baps?

Funko
10-06-2011, 09:26:19
She has pooed on me already though.....

:beer:

Funko
10-06-2011, 09:29:08
Ah, so you've got beer baps?

:drekkus: