Monkeys beat back

Monkeys aren’t human but we have a lot of the same genes.  And it is possible to find a surprising number of similar reactions.

In eastern China, three monkeys have been taught to perform by riding mini bicycles through a market town there.  However, although the monkeys learned the tricks, the trainer’s methods may not have been what the Society for the Protection of Animals would term “humane.”   One day recently,  the monkeys rode through town prodded by the trainer who was beating one of the monkeys with a stick to keep them in line.

Quite unexpectedly, the monkeys revolted.  One monkey pulled at the trainer’s hair, and another twisted his ear and bit his neck.  When he dropped his stick, a third monkey picked it up and began beating the trainer with it until it broke.

According to The Times, police are investigating allegations of animal cruelty and may confiscate the monkeys.

I know it appeals to my less civilized instincts, but I’m cheering for the monkeys.


About Terry Sissons

Terry Sissons is the author of The Big Bang to Now: All of Time in Six Chunks, and this blog is a dialogue about the universe and what’s happened in the last 13 billions years.
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