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Wednesday, June 30, 2004

blow your mind
Sometimes an ape just needs to have some fun with his human captors. Toward that end, the new Regenstein Center for African Apes at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo has a feature that allows the captives to shoot harmless bursts of air at human spectators.

They got the idea from the West Coast:
The Los Angeles Zoo, for instance, made its ape exhibit interactive by letting the animals pull ropes to ring bells near visitors or spray water at people, said Jennie McNary, curator of mammals at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

"The chimps were smart enough to figure out they could startle people with it," she said.
Nothing wrong with a little harmless fun between primates.