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Chimpanzee regarded as 'genius ape'

Posted on Wednesday, 29 August, 2012 | Comment icon 17 comments | News tip by: Brian Potter

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A female chimpanzee called Natasha has demonstrated an abnormally high level of intelligence and skill.

Regarded as a genius among primates, Natasha gained considerable publicity for managing to successfully escape her enclosure on numerous occasions despite it being surrounded by an electric fence. The chimpanzee prodigy managed to determine that by throwing a branch at the fence and observing the sparks she was able to tell when it was disabled.

Experts have conducted numerous intelligence experiments and have been impressed by her performance in all of them. The results have been cited as evidence that the concept of a 'genius' is not limited to humans, individual animals have the potential to demonstrate superior intelligence as well.

"Certain apes appear to be much smarter than others, with at least one chimpanzee now called "exceptional" when compared to other chimps."

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Comment icon #8 Posted by jgorman628 on 29 August, 2012, 12:36
Not surprising. If you want to see problem solving in animals try keeping a bird feeder out of a squirrels paws. Easy to imagine a primate matching if not exceeding a rodents problem solving.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Junior Chubb on 29 August, 2012, 15:14
I want Natasha on UM, she would definitely outsmart a few members on here.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Sundew on 29 August, 2012, 16:23
I want Natasha on UM, she would definitely outsmart a few members on here. You can't have her! We need her for Congress!
Comment icon #11 Posted by blind pew on 29 August, 2012, 17:18
Is this the beginning of the planet of the apes?
Comment icon #12 Posted by terrible on 29 August, 2012, 23:48
She might have the mentally of a republican congressman but she shows things they cannot equal.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Cryptid_Control on 30 August, 2012, 0:14
Natasha for president!
Comment icon #14 Posted by Lava_Lady on 30 August, 2012, 6:59
Natasha clearly is a brilliant primate and I wonder what she's going to have to do next before we begin to acknowledge her message... She wants out. She wants to be free. Poor baby. She would probably take over the world.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Harlequin Dreamer on 30 August, 2012, 9:53
I notice once again how females are smarter even in the animal kingdom.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Sundew on 30 August, 2012, 11:39
She might have the mentally of a republican congressman but she shows things they cannot equal. Actually I was thinking she could take Nancy Pelosi's place. Anyone (or thing) would be an improvement. My favorite Pelosism: "We have to pass this bill to find out what's in it." True genius on parade.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Arbitran on 7 September, 2012, 3:10
I've long said that chimpanzees and the other great apes rival us in intelligence. It's sheerly out of our own sense of arrogance that we exalt ourselves above them and declare our own species to be so high and mighty. I've worked with enough chimpanzees to see what they can do. And in many ways, they're really almost superior to us; certainly as far as physical abilities, at least.

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