Neurotopia

Lots of attention has been paid to the capacity of great apes to use objects as tools. Well, here we have an example of a chimpanzee at the Honolulu Zoo using a toad as a “marital aide”. I feel bad for the poor toad, it certainly doesn’t deserve to be treated like an object.

There’s not more I can say about the subject, frankly I’m still simultaneously trying to process it and scrub it from my brain. Again, not safe for work viewing.

Comments

  1. #1 ERV
    August 19, 2008

    I loled so hard when I saw this– the ‘related videos’ at YouTube are also pure gold.

    heeeeeeehehehehe! Where do they get all these toads??

  2. #2 Gabe
    August 19, 2008

    I found this blog on a list of top 100 neuro/psych sites. This is the first post I saw of Neurotopia – perfect maiden voyage. I’m going to go drill a hole in my brain now…

    (still a great site though ;)

  3. #3 Swiss James
    August 21, 2008

    I feel bad for the poor toad, it certainly doesn’t deserve to be treated like an object.

    That’s not fair, we don’t know the whole story- he might have taken the toad out for Chinese food and cocktails for all we know.

  4. #4 scicurious
    August 21, 2008

    Oh. My. I hope that toad is REALLY good at controlling its gag reflex.

  5. #5 Mo
    August 24, 2008

    The kid in the background sounds really distressed.

  6. #6 Mo
    August 24, 2008

    But the kid watching the chimp and the frog finds it very amusing!

  7. #7 chris y
    September 9, 2008

    This is the first time I’ve ever felt sympathetic to my grandfather’s assertion that you shouldn’t go outside your own class for these things.