Thursday, 14 January 2021
Bali Macaques Go Capitalist
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/jan/14/balis-thieving-monkeys-seek-bigger-ransoms-for-high-value-swag-study). These canny primates have learned to recognise 'high value' items, carried by unsuspecting tourists. The monkeys have noted that these can be 'stolen' and easily 'ransomed' for food rewards from the desparate tourists. The macaques apparently favour items, like mobile phones, wallets and prescription spectacles, over less-rewarding alternatives like empty camera bags and hat-pins. They aim to get the biggest bang for their 'larceny'! Monkeys, of course, have no concept of ownership or thieving.
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