News Flash: Animals Think, Plan for the Future

Published by PETA.
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Koko

I just got a load of this scientific report and had to giggle a bit. Are scientists just now discovering that animals can think and plan for the future? According to one scientist quoted in the article, we humans should “keep our egos in check,” as animals have been noticed expressing “human abilities,” such as recognizing shapes and estimating numbers of objects.

Really, Sherlock? ‘Cause Ms. Koko the gorilla speaks fluent sign language and not only still laments the death of her mother 30 years later but also says she plans on teaching her children sign language. And what about Santino, the stone-stockpiling chimpanzee? He definitely makes plans well in advance.

I’m just sayin’, these animals make this report look a wee-bit outta date.

Written by Missy Lane

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