• Short Summary

    CHIMPANZEES AT LONDON ZOO JAN 25 SHOWED THEIR CAPABILITIES IN TWO NEW INTELLIGENCE TESTS TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR POWER OF LEARNING, INTELLIGENCE AND CONCENTRATION.

  • Description

    CHIMPANZEES AT LONDON ZOO JAN 25 SHOWED THEIR CAPABILITIES IN TWO NEW INTELLIGENCE TESTS TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR POWER OF LEARNING, INTELLIGENCE AND CONCENTRATION.

    IN THE FIRST, CHIMPANZEE JOSIE, AGED 5, SWUNG A BALL TO HIT A CIRCULAR WOODEN BAT, WHICH ON BEING STRUCK SENT A GRAPE SHOOTING TOWARDS HER.SHE HAS IMPROVED HER AIM AND CAN HIT THE BAT WITH SOME EASE, BUT HAS YET TO MASTER THE ART OF CATCHING EACH GRAPE AS IT FLIES TOWARDS HER.

    THE SECOND DEMONSTRATION IS TO FIND OUT CHIMPANZEES' ABILITY TO PRESS BUTTONS IN A CERTAIN SEQUENCE TO GAIN A REWARD.THE APPARATUS FOR THIS TEST IS AN ELECTRICALLY-OPERATED BALL MACHINE WITH LIGHTS.THE TEST REQUIRES PATIENCE, WHILE THE BALL TRAVELS FROM LIGHT TO LIGHT, AND CONCENTRATION TO PRESS EACH BUTTON AT THE RIGHT TIME.SHOWING HOW IS SAMMIE.THOUGH OFTEN QUICK AND ACCURATE, HE OCCASIONALLY LETS HIS PERSONALITY TAKE THE UPPER HAND AND WILDLY PRESSES ALL THE BUTTONS AT ONCE IN AN EXCESS OF SHOWMANSHIP.

    SOME CHIMPS LEARN A NEW TEST IN A FEW MINUTES AND THEN DEVISE THEIR OWN VARIATION IF IT PROVES TOO EASY - OTHERS MAY TAKE MONTHS TO MASTER THE SAME THING.WHILE ABSORBING FOR THE PUBLIC TO WATCH, THESE TESTS ARE PRIMARILY A SCIENTIFIC ENQUIRY INTO THE INDIVIDUAL AND COLLECTIVE CAPABILITIES OF THESE YOUNG INMATES.

    AS CHIMPANZEES ARE SUSCEPTIBLE TO HUMAN COLD AND GERMS, AGAINST WHICH THEY HAVE LITTLE RESISTANCE, THE PUBLIC WATCH THE DEMONSTRATION THROUGH A WINDOW.PHOTOGRAPHERS WERE ALLOWED INTO THEIR DEN, WEARING FACE-MASKS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4WMQJRSDTHSFOX5AHL096XGM1
    Media URN:
    VLVA4WMQJRSDTHSFOX5AHL096XGM1
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/01/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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