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Orangutans learn how to make music

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Posted By: Alfred K at 4:53 pm

12 Aug 2009

The evidence is mounting that culture isn’t something unique to us humans: Orangutans in Borneo have developed and passed along a way to make a useful, improvised instrument, researchers report.

When in a tight situation, the orangutans will strip the leaves off a twig and make a crude musical instrument to alter the calls they use to ward off predators — not exactly a Stradivarius, but it seems to get the job done.

Soon enough, these apes will learn the best thing to keep your enemies is not a flute, but this, legal in most states:

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  • the dude

    monkeys have hands like feet right? i could see a well-trained monkey becoming the greatest harpist the world has ever seen.

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