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Ape Bites Human’s Finger Off, Then LITERALLY Apologizes


Kanzi the bonobo can recognize several hundred words. He can communicate in complex ways using sign language, even ordering dinner or arguing with his trainer. , he can order dinner, and he might even be able to physically speak in English.

Dr. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh worked with the well-known chimpanzee Lucy, who was also taught sign language before her death in 1987.

But now, Dr. Savage-Rumbaugh has focused her work on the typically less hostile cousin of the chimpanzee, the bonobo.

In spite of their reputation, bonobo apes – along with chimpanzees, the closest species to humans genetically – can be brought to points of aggression. Listen to the audio below, compiled by RadioLab, which tells of how Kanzi literally apologized for biting off his trainer’s finger.

It may have taken 8 months, but an apology is an apology: that’s a lot better than most humans…

(Article by M.B. David; audio via RadioLab)

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