Monday, January 07, 2008

Zoo Turns Chimp Into Television Addict, Resolves By Letting Him Chase Rabbit

Concerned that a chimp in a zoo in Qingdao, Shandong Province, was getting lonely, zookeepers installed a TV set last September to keep the animal occupied.

To their surprise, the chimp became addicted to TV programs and would sit in front of the TV set all day.

It has even skipped meals to catch its favorite shows.

The zookeepers were in a plight - TV addiction is harming the chimp but turning off the set will make the animal moody.

They recently found out a way to let the chimp exercise more by bringing a rabbit into its playground. It seems to be working well as the chimp keeps chasing the rabbit around.

Story here.

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