Chimp in Sweden Raises More Questions

This is definitely beyond or outside the usual commentary here but I could not resist. In tonight’s newspaper there is an AP report from Stockholm about a chimpanzee who calmly collected a cache of rocks all morning and then at midday hurled them in a frenzy at zoo visitors. The Chimp’s name is Sandino and he lives at the Furuvik Zoo.

A report on the incident and on ten year’s observation of the chimp by Lund University Ph.D. student Mathias Osvath opined that the chimp clearly demonstrated planning for the future and formulating concepts about the future in a very complex way.

This is yet another bit of evidence of animal intelligence and emotions. It raises more questions about the appropriateness of caging these animals in zoos and other places and making them slaves for human sport and amusement.

While chimps and other primates are generally credited with having higher cognitive functioning them other animals our awareness of complex thinking and feeling among marine mammals and other land based mammals is increasing constantly as well as new discoveries about birds and other species.

At some point, a tipping point if you will, the evidence of animal thought and emotion will reach a threshold that will demand us to reexamine the way we treat animals.

One has to wonder what Sandino might have done had he possessed a firearm with ammunition and the skill to use it.

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Daniel R. Murphy

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Daniel R. Murphy
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2 thoughts on “Chimp in Sweden Raises More Questions

  1. Hi Daniel,

    Excellent blog!

    I feel that animals are much more intelligent than we give them credit for.

    As for zoos, I would like to see all animals live in the wild. The only reason why I feel that we do need them is because most people do not share our love of animals. Zoos are a vital tool to educate the general public about these animals and their loss of habitats.

    There will always be a small group of crusaders fighting for the animals but without the tens of millions of zoo visitors who support wildlife funds and spread awareness themselves these animals would be disappearing even more quickly.

    I agree that it shouldn’t have to be this way but I feel that it does.

    Thanks for your insight 🙂


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