Links between chimps and humans have long been talked about and analysed. Those links are at the forefront of discussion once again after the revelation that the creatures are not only able to learn to cook if provided with an oven, but also that they will take the option of hot food over cold food.
Apparently, when offered a baked potato, the chimps took the hot food almost every single time, and according to the study, showed that they also possess a fair amount of self restraint, with delayed gratification being a real thing for them. Unlike a dog or a cat for instance, they are able to save some of the food for later (which some humans aren’t even able to do).
Richard Wrangham, who inspired the study, said:
What we’re seeing here is that the chimps are surprisingly similar to humans, even though the whole process of cooking seems like something that is a huge divide between humans and other animals.Advertisement
Alexandra Rosati, who conducted the study in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, claimed:
You can think of it as a chimpanzee microwave where, basically, if the chimpanzees placed raw food in the device and then we shook the device, [the food] came out cooked.Advertisement
Soon chimpanzees will be on the phone to the local chinese ordering some crispy aromatic duck and egg fried rice.