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North Korea Zoo Has a Smoking Chimp

Of course it does

(Newser) - Azalea the chimpanzee can touch her nose, take a thank-you bow, and do a little jig. She can also put away a pack of cigarettes a day from her post at North Korea's Central Zoo, which has crowds cheering and animal activists jeering, the Guardian reports. Azalea, known as... More »

Chimps Are Inexplicably Hurling Rocks at Trees

There are theories, of course—including that it might be part of a 'sacred' ritual

(Newser) - Chimpanzees in West Africa are throwing rocks at trees, and why they're doing it remains a mystery, Discovery reports. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology say this chimp behavior has never before been documented and that it may shed some light on the species' cultural customs—... More »

What Chimps Say When They Talk to Each Other

There's a special kind of fruit that makes them all chatty

(Newser) - Chimps chat, just like we do—and like many of us, they spend a lot of time gabbing about what they want to eat and where they're going to get their next meal, Discovery reports. For a study published in Animal Behaviour , scientists camped out in the Ivory Coast'... More »

Man Didn't Turn Chimps Into Killers

Study finds chimpanzees are inherently lethal

(Newser) - Chimpanzees are "natural born killers," and their tendency toward lethal aggression is not a result of human influence, a new study finds. The study, published in Nature , looked at chimp-on-chimp killings in 18 chimp communities over a span of five decades and assessed how much those communities had... More »

NIH May Soon Retire Almost All Its Research Chimps

New recommendations would keep just 50 on hand

(Newser) - The National Institutes of Health could soon be letting most of its 451 research chimpanzees retire in sanctuaries, if new recommendations are put into effect. The NIH Council of Councils approved a report yesterday that unanimously recommends almost all the chimps should no longer be used for research, with just... More »

US Student Mauled by Chimps in Critical Condition

Andrew Oberle broke the rules by going through the first of 2 fences

(Newser) - New details are slowly emerging in the story of the US grad student mauled by chimps at the Jane Goodall Institute Chimpanzee Eden in South Africa, including one particularly heart-wrenching one: Conservationist Eugene Cussons said it was the first time he had asked Andrew Oberle to speak to visitors. Oberle,... More »

Chimps Maul US Student at Goodall Sanctuary

Texan loses fingers, part of his ear in South Africa

(Newser) - An American grad student is in critical condition after being attacked by chimpanzees at Jane Goodall's sanctuary in South Africa. The student from the University of San Antonio, Texas, was guiding a group of tourists at the sanctuary for abused chimps when two large males pulled him under a... More »

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