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← Chimps' emotional response to death caught on film

SilentMike's Avatar Jump to comment 49 by SilentMike

I don't know. I just don't think it's that interesting really, unless you go and turn it into something it's not, like proof that chimpanzees are, whatever its supposed to prove. When you look at what the video actually is, you see one minute, out of context, from a bad angle. You can't really see much. They tell you that it's a dead individual and the other chimps are gathered around it, and then they go and one stays. As was mentioned before Elephants do that stuff to, and I believe we have better clips of them doing it, in the wild as opposed to in an enclosure.

The second video actually showed much more interesting behavior in my opinion. I'm generally perplexed about the reaction of the researchers to this. Maybe they have data that the films didn't show. Maybe they have insight that I lack. But in any case it isn't about the touchy feely stuff on grief etc.

I don't know maybe I'm not being a sport and I should just roll with it, but damn it I don't think it's that important.

Thu, 29 Apr 2010 00:00:00 UTC | #463791