Atlanta Orangutans Hooked On Video Games


OrangutanWe are worried that our children are getting hooked on video games? It looks like researchers are also getting the Orangutans at the Atlanta Zoo hooked on them too.

Next step, rehab for carpal tunnel syndrome and weight watchers.

They’re Sumatran orangutans at Zoo Atlanta. The orangutans play on a touch screen built into a tree-like structure in their habitat. Volunteers from IBM worked nearly 500 hours developing the games. Correct answers mean food pellets for the apes.
They also have a painting program and draw by moving their hands or feet over the screen. Researchers say data from the games will help them study the animals’ memory, reasoning and learning abilities.
Zoo officials also hope visitors will get a better understanding of the orangutans’ intelligence and the plight of the dwindling species. via Tampa Bay’s 10.

Posted April 12, 2007 by
Fun | 7 comments

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    7 Responses to “Atlanta Orangutans Hooked On Video Games”

    1. MOLLY FROM LOUISIANA on April 12th, 2007 2:54 pm

      darwin may be right in some instances, but I have never seen a white monkey

    2. kay zee ess on April 12th, 2007 4:11 pm

      Molly(by golly) from Louisiana

      Shave off its hair and you will.

    3. Maggie on April 12th, 2007 4:23 pm

      Too funny..there used to be a zoo here where we could go feed them grapes and they had a tv in their cages mounted up high. The people working there said they like to watch videos and dance.. They put on MC Hammer singing “Can’t Touch This” and the orangutan got up and started clapping and dancing.

    4. Patti on April 12th, 2007 5:54 pm

      Don’t ya just hate people that sit in the safety of their homes, using their keyboards to spew their ignorance for
      the whole world to see?


      You need to get out a little, socialize,
      meet some REAL people; share your ideas,
      laugh a little and…

      oops… never mind.

    5. Bodo on April 12th, 2007 6:03 pm

      That beast looks like my brother-in-law and it seems he probably has a higher IQ.

    6. Richard on April 12th, 2007 8:52 pm

      “Researchers say data from the games will help them study the animals’ memory, reasoning and learning abilities.”

      Probably they’ll score higher in each category than I would; on the other hand, I’ve never played a video game.

    7. MOLLY FROM LOUISIANA on April 13th, 2007 9:39 pm

      Scared monkeys deletes any post that does not feed their ego. Mypost was not vulgar in any way. SM you must be black since white me has no freedom of speech


      SM:   I have no idea what you are talking about or which post of yours was deleted.   I will sometimes delete posts such as yours above that serve absolutely no purpose other than to complain about this site or posts on the front page.   If you don’t like the posts on this blog nobody is forcing you to read here.   (klaasend)

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