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This year we celebrated Debbi’s birthday with treats and birthday songs as usual. ’ Ice cream is often part of the birthday celebrations, and it appears that Tatu may have been aware of what came after Debbi’s birthday. Cain and A bel Revisited Chimpanzees are our closest living relatives. In terms of biochemical similarities based on blood research16 and genetic similarities17 chim­ panzees are actually closer to humans than they are to gorillas, even though all three primates are within 1 per cent of each other.

Anthropology at the University o f Tennessee at C hattanooga. S. Thom son) a b o o k entitled Animals, Anecdotes and Anthropomorphism. I still maintain, that his [the orang-utan] being possessed of the capacity of acquiring it [language], by having both the human intelligence and the organs of pronunciation, joined to the dispositions and affections of his mind, mild, gentle, and humane, is sufficient to denominate him a man. Lord J. B. ’ The issues this question raises are complex, but certainly arrogance and ignorance have played a role in our reluctance to recognise the intellectual capacity of our closest biological relatives —the nonhuman great apes.

After some argument, the director had grudgingly allowed one of us to stay, so she had at least one familiar friend with her when she woke. When she began to move, the chimpanzees in the adjoining cages began to bang and scream at her. After she regained her senses her human friend asked in sign language what the chimpanzees were. She called them ‘ black cats ’ and ‘ black b u g s ’. They were not like her and if she felt about them the way she felt about cats and bugs they were not well liked.

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