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10 Bizarrely Human Animal Behaviors

Do Monkeys and Apes share knowledge?

By Thando TPublished 3 months ago 4 min read

We have compiled a list of mental illnesses in animals, but that is merely scratching the surface of a vast iceberg. It turns out that we are not as unique as we once believed, contrary to the claims of ignorant individuals. Animals also exhibit religious behaviors, proving that we are not the only creatures with such beliefs. Did you know that animals have been observed engaging in knowledge sharing? This exchange of knowledge, especially from one generation to the next, places humans at the top of the food chain and defines our culture. However, this phenomenon is not exclusive to humans. Baboons teach each other the best foraging techniques, fledgling birds learn to fly by observing their parents, and rats learn about safe foods by smelling each other's breath. Countless other examples exist, including fish that thrive in schools with experienced teachers. Even solitary animals demonstrate a rudimentary form of culture. Young tortoises, for instance, learn to navigate obstacles by observing others. Unfortunately, as species become extinct, their cultures vanish as well. The last remaining North Atlantic right whales, decimated by human whalers, have lost the knowledge of their ancestral feeding grounds, further endangering their survival. Culture, however, is not always beneficial. Sometimes, established ways of life become incompatible with the environment, leading to the downfall of a species. Humans are experiencing this firsthand. Strange trends are emerging in the age of TikTok, not only among humans but also among our animal counterparts. White-faced capuchin monkeys in Costa Rica, for instance, engage in peculiar traditions such as smelling each other's fingers (a trend we humans claim as our own) and playing a game where they bite off clumps of fur from another monkey and hold it in their mouth while the other tries to retrieve it. These trends may seem silly, but I have two more examples to share. Mate selection in certain species has been greatly influenced by a particular factor, resulting in females finding their potential mates much more attractive. This phenomenon has led to a significant impact on bird reproduction, and we are currently unsure of how to address this issue. Additionally, drug use is not exclusive to humans, as it is prevalent throughout the animal kingdom. Jaguars in the Amazon actively seek out yag Vine, which contains DMT, similar to its human usage. Lemurs have been observed chewing on narcotic millipedes, while dolphins indulge in puffer fish to experience a state of intoxication. Animals, like humans, are willing to endure the negative consequences associated with drug use. For instance, big horn sheep addicted to lyen grind their teeth down to the gums, spider monkeys intoxicated by fermented fruit may fall out of trees, and an intoxicated moose in Sweden once got stuck in a tree. Animals have also been observed using drugs to cope with negative emotions. Rats, when kept in small cages without mental stimulation, were more likely to choose a sweet and morphine solution over water, ultimately leading to their demise. Even fruit flies turn to alcohol when they are unable to find a mate. Facial expressions, often considered uniquely human, are also present in various other animals. Sheep, for example, not only display facial expressions but also possess the ability to recognize and differentiate between different emotions such as calmness, fear, and surprise in photographs of other sheep. They can even distinguish between different human faces. This ability showcases their perceptiveness, which may be challenging for humans to replicate when it comes to differentiating between multiple sheep and identifying their emotional state.Prairie dogs have the ability to form complete sentences and even describe things they have never seen before. In laboratory conditions, they have shown this capability by describing unfamiliar objects. However, we have only scratched the surface of their language so far. While we can understand their sounds and behaviors in relation to predators, it is difficult to decipher their communication among themselves. Similar to humans, storytelling sets us apart from other animals. Bees, for example, communicate the location of food through their waggle dance, which includes various details. This sharing of information can be seen as a form of storytelling. Dogs, too, may construct narratives when they exhibit certain behaviors, such as scratching the door to go out. Although not as complex as human communication, it can be argued that they are constructing narratives in their minds. Non-human storytelling should not be considered inferior to our own. Dolphins, for instance, may use their sonar capabilities to project son pictorial holograms, potentially telling stories in 3D to each other.It is worth noting that certain animals possess remarkable abilities, such as the bonobo mentioned earlier. This particular bonobo not only learned how to start a fire using fuel and matches provided by humans, but also utilized it to cook burgers and marshmallows. What is even more impressive is that the bonobo passed on this skill to its offspring. Admittedly, the bonobo was exposed to the film "A Quest for Fire," which likely sparked the idea in its mind. However, it still managed to acquire the skill independently, showcasing its formidable intelligence. Interestingly, there are many humans today who struggle to start a fire even under favorable conditions. The fact that a monkey could accomplish this task is somewhat embarrassing for us humans, who are unable to start fires as effortlessly as a bonobo. Of course, cooking involves much more than just fire, and humans excel in food preparation, whether it be for taste or digestion. For instance, some Japanese macaques wash sweet potatoes before consuming them, often using salt water solely for flavor. Pigs, known for their indiscriminate eating habits, have also been observed washing their food, including dirty apple chunks, in streams. It is worth noting that shrikes impale their food on thorns or barbed wire, allowing it to degrade before consumption, presumably aiding in digestion. Additionally, capuchin monkeys leave peanuts out in the sun to make them easier to crack open. On a fascinating note, bigheaded ants have developed a more advanced form of cooking. They place food on their larvae's bellies, which then secrete enzymes onto it, making it easier to digest.

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