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2009-03-10 10:30:00

A Swedish study showed on Monday what it believes to be the first evidence that an animal other than humans can make spontaneous plans for future events, the Associated Press reported. Researchers have been observing a 31-year-old alpha male chimpanzee named Santino collect small stashes of rocks to throw at patrons of the Furuvik Zoo, about 93 miles north of Stockholm. The chimp's anti-social behavior stunned both visitors and keepers at the zoo and researchers soon became interested in his...

2009-02-18 13:21:00

SILVER SPRING, Md., Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Eugene Cussons, featured on the popular Animal Planet series Escape to Chimp Eden, is currently in Gabon, West Africa. Cussons issued this statement in response to the tragic chimpanzee attack in Stamford, Connecticut: (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090218/PH72503 ) "My deepest sympathies go to Charla Nash and Sandra Herold, particularly to Ms. Nash. They are actually living the nightmare that haunts all of us who work with...

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2009-02-01 14:35:41

Chimpanzees are famous for their aptitude in mimicking human behavior. Now scientists have announced that baby chimps' mental development may be more advanced than human infants. At only nine months old, the animals are as inquisitive and accomplished at recognizing parent figures as the average baby. The scientists who headed the project believe that their findings create important evidence that chimpanzees, like humans, flourish with social interaction. The more one on one their contact...

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2008-12-19 09:10:00

Chimpanzees recognize their pals by using some of the same brain regions that switch on when humans register a familiar face, according to a report published online on December 18th in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication. The study "” the first to examine brain activity in chimpanzees after they attempt to match fellow chimps' faces "” offers new insight into the origin of face recognition in humans, the researchers said. "We can learn about human origins by studying our...

2008-09-17 16:56:38

Spying someone yawning often makes us yawn. Now, a new study shows your canine buddy can catch yawns from you, too. The results suggest domestic dogs have the capacity for a fundamental form of empathy, the researchers say. The phenomenon, called contagious yawning, has been found only in humans and other primates such as chimpanzees and is thought to relate to our ability to empathize with others. Past studies, however, involved yawning within one species at a time, so for...

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2008-09-08 13:40:00

Researchers at Chester Zoo say chimps may receive the same feelings of consolation from physical contact as humans. The research could provide the first evidence that consolation in primates, such as hugging and stroking, can reduce stress levels after a fight. Dr. Orlaith Fraser said the behavior could indicate some level of empathy. "We can't actually say what's going on in a chimpanzee's mind; we can only deduce from their behavior what's going on," the Liverpool John Moores University...

2008-08-02 21:00:19

Chimpanzees used in medical tests are left with mental problems resembling those exhibited by humans who have undergone torture, a U.S. expert said. A study involving 116 chimpanzees that were used in medical testing revealed 95 percent of them showed behavioral signs similar to those of humans who have post-traumatic stress disorder, the Independent reported Saturday. The Independent said workers at a Louisiana animal center were questioned about chimps' behavior in the survey. The...

2008-08-01 18:00:06

By DAVID EDWARDS Movieland has served up an unlikely cast of animated heroes of late. A kitchen-happy rat in Ratatouille, a grumpy green giant in Shrek and, most recently, WALL-E's lonely little robot. Credibility- stretchers all, but this time Hollywood takes things to a whole new level with a flick about chimps happily blasted into orbit for intergalactic adventures. Harmless, child-friendly stuff you might think - until you realise that dozens of monkeys and apes were sent off to...

2008-07-27 18:00:16

FOLLOWING the brilliant Wall.E and Kung Fu Panda, Space Chimps has some mighty big boots to fill. And just like a real monkey would do with a pair of boots, it doesn't even bother trying to put them on. Instead, it hurls them into the audience's face, makes horrendous howling noises, and settles down to scratch its bum. If you pay peanuts, the old saying goes, you get monkeys. Well, if you don't pay good scriptwriters, you get Space Chimps. And if you pay for a ticket to see...

2008-07-01 12:00:09

The owners of Moe, a celebrity chimp missing in the mountains of Southern California, say the aging animal is not equipped to survive in the wild. The 42-year-old chimpanzee disappeared from a refuge in San Bernardino County Friday and its owners said Monday that bears had been sighted in the area. The Los Angeles Times said a chartered helicopter had located a couple of water sources in the area around the Jungle Exotics compound near Devore that Moe could be drawn to. At the same time...


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glogg
  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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