The BBC takes us to Kanzi the bonobo who lives in America and is every bit the cuddly ape you have seen in so many National Geographic documentaries. However, Kanzi has also mastered a special ability, which we humans have been brought up to believe is what has helped us become what we are: masters of our planet.
Well, Kanzi has learned how to build his own fire, light it up using matches and then he toasts his marshmallows on it. Now, the BBC reads this as showing “just how like us some primates really are”. I, for my part, am seeing something quite different, and hugely disturbing. I see an ape on the verge of challenging us for the supremacy of Planet Earth. So consider yourself warned: dark forces are gathering in our own backyard and we will soon have to decide what to do about it.
Take a look for yourself and make of it what you will.
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