Scientists say that humans share 98 per cent of their DNA with chimpanzees. It’s no wonder then, that the animals have taken to technology in the digital age much in the same way that we have.
Staff at the Lake Superior Zoo in Minnesota have been experimenting with the idea of not only giving monkeys access to iPads, but also access to many of its popular apps like FaceTime.
The idea began after a swamp monkey named Noqui became lonely and isolated shortly after arriving from another zoo in Chicago. Staff decided to see what would happen if they put a tablet computer in front of him and then used it to call his family back in Illinois.
“He vocalized with his father at Lincoln Park Zoo and then there were a lot of vocalizations coming across from the other troupe members as well, and then everybody scattered,” Primate Keeper Jackie Fallon says in the video above.
While it’s hard to imagine what the animals were saying to each other, keepers say the interaction helped stimulate and uplift Noqui. And after seeing that evidence, more iPads were brought in and more experiments held. Since then, the monkeys have learned to use the tablets to complete puzzles and even draw pictures.
You can check it out for yourself in the video above.