We may not be on the verge of full-on chimp rebellion, but we still might want to rethink the ethics of keeping chimps in zoos. The captive apes are showing signs of mental illnesses never seen in their wild counterparts.
Humans, along with our closest relatives chimps and gorillas, are pretty much the only animals that have fingerprints. The only other is the koala, an adorable marsupial that is separated from us by 70 million years worth of evolution.
The longer we watch our primate cousins, the more we realize that all the things that make us uniquely human aren't quite as unique as we thought. The latest discovery reveals chimpanzees give birth in the most human way possible.
Just like humans, chimpanzees yawn when they're bored or sleepy, and they also yawn contagiously when they see another chimp do it. That discovery could help unlock the secrets of human empathy.
Five chimpanzees in the west African country of Guinea have figured out how to deactivate snare traps set by human hunters. What they've learned might even be passed down from chimp generation to generation.
Wow Wee showed us their latest and greatest last night, including a fellow we've seen before and who I call Chimpy McChimphead—he's an absolute freak: just imagine some crazy chimp head screaming at you from a table—and the very cool Roboreptile.