A question occasioned by last night’s viewing of Creation

Do pet orangutans share chimpanzees’ history of turning on and attacking their keepers, or is that more strictly a chimp thing? (I’m not planning on getting one, but I did wonder whether Paul Bettany might be putting his fingers at risk for his art.)

A good if sad movie by the way. Watching Darwin take the water cure made me very glad for modern medicine.

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  1. Ted Chiang says:

    I think that’s a chimp thing. Karen Fowler, who’s been doing some research into apes for her next novel, was recently telling us that the various great apes each have their own distinct violent behavior: chimps kill, orangutans rape, and gorillas commit infanticide. Humans, of course, do all three.

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