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Posted 03 June 2007 - 09:53 AM

user posted image rThe Great Ape Trust in Des Moines, Iowa, is home to seven bonobos -- a close relative of the chimpanzee -- and three orangutans. But if you think Iowa might be a strange place for them to live, don't say it out loud these apes understand English.

You can talk to the apes, and they know what you are saying.

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 12:23 PM

I wonder if our Simian friends in Iowa have a phrase button in their lexicon that they can push to communicate with their keepers to "LET ME THE HELL OUT OF THIS CAGE!"...the article never says.

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 05:53 PM

Better yet, what do they think of Humans???? we are very close cousins, and seems they have ability to reason, think, they can learn our languages and technologies to a point, they have emotions and just how do they feel about their human cousins? I know bonobo's are 98% human, and chimps not far off that, either...Maybe they have a solution to man's problems if man would listen???? JMO... huh.gif they do know....
afterall, we as man listen to our family relatives in times of need....well, they are family to an extent... mellow.gif

just for info, I remember a woman here in my hometown that had a chimp as a "pet". that chimp looked and acted just like an 8 year old kid....very friendly and always wanting ice cream, pop and to be talked to....she always dressed him and he acted just like a kid at that age... he loved watching tv and baseball : yes.gif  



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Posted 03 June 2007 - 09:37 PM

apes are cool...

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 10:42 PM

Teach them the Bible or God and see what happens.

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Posted 04 June 2007 - 09:10 PM

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apes are cool...


that one had to be a howler...no common sense...just vocal without reason....

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Posted 05 June 2007 - 02:42 PM

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apes are cool...



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Posted 05 June 2007 - 09:24 PM

What is weird is man always talks about what apes can do....maybe it is time for apes to tell what man can do?
I really think that apes can and do understand man...but they lack the ability to translate to man, the knowledge they posess.
I have seen on tv, what chimps can do and how they interact with each other...they are human in many regards..
so maybe it is time to give these beings a chance to speak their minds?
remember, man is not the only intellegent species on this planet..chimps and bonobo's are too. blush.gif
If a chimp could speak...what would they tell us? blink.gif


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Posted 08 June 2007 - 12:16 PM

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What is weird is man always talks about what apes can do....maybe it is time for apes to tell what man can do?
I really think that apes can and do understand man...but they lack the ability to translate to man, the knowledge they posess.
I have seen on tv, what chimps can do and how they interact with each other...they are human in many regards..
so maybe it is time to give these beings a chance to speak their minds?
remember, man is not the only intellegent species on this planet..chimps and bonobo's are too. blush.gif
If a chimp could speak...what would they tell us? blink.gif


Hopefully nothing along the lines of "The Planet of the Apes starts now!!!" type deal.  tongue.gif

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Posted 09 June 2007 - 09:19 PM

No Planet of the Apes here, a great movie, but I think man needs to listen to chimps and bonobo's and hear what they have to say...We might be surprised...They know, but can't speak....they are man's cousins and are very intellegent. Most understand sign language and can speak through it. Just remember, they can understand man's technologies...and use them to communicate.


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Posted 09 June 2007 - 09:25 PM

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No Planet of the Apes here, a great movie, but I think man needs to listen to chimps and bonobo's and hear what they have to say...We might be surprised...They know, but can't speak....they are man's cousins and are very intellegent. Most understand sign language and can speak through it. Just remember, they can understand man's technologies...and use them to communicate.

Most do not understand sign language. A few can be taught, but it is association not true thought.

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Posted 09 June 2007 - 09:43 PM

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Most do not understand sign language. A few can be taught, but it is association not true thought.


Yes, most can understand sign language. they can communicate their wants and needs through it. You are wrong. it is not by association. it is because they have
learned how to communicate...

Edited by Bulldog1974, 09 June 2007 - 09:47 PM.


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Posted 10 June 2007 - 03:20 AM

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Most do not understand sign language. A few can be taught, but it is association not true thought.


Nevermind.

Edited by cyqe, 10 June 2007 - 03:53 AM.


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Posted 10 June 2007 - 04:56 PM

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Yes, most can understand sign language. they can communicate their wants and needs through it. You are wrong. it is not by association. it is because they have
learned how to communicate...

So they understand it without being taught. Wow. Humans even need help with that.

Also, are you having many conversations with the monkeys. No. I thought not.

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 08:10 PM

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So they understand it without being taught. Wow. Humans even need help with that.

Also, are you having many conversations with the monkeys. No. I thought not.


Conversations? Ya, everyday..... wacko.gif

No, I had a neighbor who had one, and it was just like a human child to a point...watched everything you did and tried to mimic it. They can learn on their own...







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