Thursday, September 29, 2011

WATCH: The Brown and the Hairy? Trees of Our Lives? It's the first Soap Opera for Chimpanzees!

Is there a gene for soap opera lovers? Before you answer, watch how these chimpanzees react to a screening of a soap made just for them!

The video below is intended to show how chimpanzees react to dramatic human portrayals of chimps. According to Rowan Hooper at NewScientist, it features the first-ever soap opera for primates:

"The right-hand screen shows a kind of chimp soap opera - with chimps played by humans in costume - and the left-hand screen shows the reactions of captive chimps to a screening of the ape drama."

Do the chimps seem to be drawn to the drama naturally? What "plot twists" seemed to get the highest "ratings?" If you were to come up with a title for a new soap opera for chimps, what would it be?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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