Researchers recently conducted studies suggesting that pigeons are as mathematically adept as primates, but they’re still a long way off from lighting fires and cooking their own burger like Kanzi, a 31-year-old bonobo does. He collects firewood, can strike a match or use a lighter, and fry up food. Sometimes referred to as pygmy chimpanzees, the highly intelligent animals are mankind’s closest living relative. And it shows.
Under the care of Dr Savage-Rumbaugh, a senior scientist at the Great Ape Trust in Des Moines, Kanzi has been observed doing all sorts of humanly things, even toasting marshmallows and understanding thousands of spoken commands. Remarkably, Kanzi is even teaching his son Teco the ways of the homo sapien.
The UK’s Daily Mail asks, “What would happen if he was released into the wild where other bonobos could copy his behaviour?” Although by no means an expert on primates, I think it’s safe to say that they would burn down their habitat.