Thursday, March 10, 2005

Chimps is Chimps

First of all: very sad... my sympathy to the family... tragic...

OK.

If you go near chimpanzees, expect danger. Even if you are visiting some other chimp to wish him a happy birthday, nearby chimps may get jealous and attack you. Chimps are not people. They are animals -- dangerous animals. They may be able to communicate, think, use sign language, wear hats, and paint, but they are not to be blindly trusted.That is tragic and sad, but it is not entirely unexpected.

Here's Jane Goodall, talking about Gombe National Park in Africa (yes, it's out of context for this discussion, but it's nonetheless true): People can get too close. The danger is that chimps are four times stronger than people and they are becoming increasingly tense and more likely to become aggressive.

I await your vitriol at my unsympathetic rant.

4 comments:

Jack's Shack said...

I am always armed with a banana just in case.

Chandira said...

There are people out there who aren't people, just animals...
I think chimps have a right not to wear stupid pants and hats. I'd be angry too.

On The Mark said...

This family treated their chimp like it was a child. They dressed it every day. It sat at the dinner table. It had its own bed, etc. They had to board it after it bit a woman at their house. I think that chimp told the other chimps how he had been humiliated, and they got their revenge on his behalf.

Daxohol said...

ah chimps.

Hey, I just found out this week that there are more deaths by hippo than shark every year. that one surprised me!