“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Monday, March 09, 2009

Santino the chimp has a strategy against his tormentors.

Santino's ammunition gathering would take place in the early hours of the morning before the zoo opened

Study: Belligerent chimp proves animals make plans

STOCKHOLM (AP) - A canny chimpanzee who calmly collected a stash of rocks and then hurled them at zoo visitors in fits of rage has confirmed that apes can plan ahead just like humans, a Swedish study said Monday. Santino the chimpanzee's anti-social behavior stunned both visitors and keepers at the Furuvik Zoo but fascinated researchers because it was so carefully prepared.

According to a report in the journal Current Biology, the 31-year-old alpha male started building his weapons cache in the morning before the zoo opened, collecting rocks and knocking out disks from concrete boulders inside his enclosure. He waited until around midday before he unleashed a "hailstorm" of rocks against visitors, the study said.

"These observations convincingly show that our fellow apes do consider the future in a very complex way," said the author of the report, Lund University Ph.D. student Mathias Osvath. "It implies that they have a highly developed consciousness, including lifelike mental simulations of potential events."


  1. Santino the Chimp ought to be in Washington, D.C., and not in the zoo.

  2. His handler, "Doug," said he had no idea where the chimp might have learned such behavior.

  3. His tormentors?

    Why that chimp is allowed his meals each day, food, water and an occasional interview.

    To claim he has tormentors is to cast Santino in the role of a Palistinian, folks that should be pleased as punch to be alive, even if imprisoned and subjected to daily indignities. Rather than to be grateful to his captors, he has the audacity to throw stones.

  4. Freedom baby, freedom. I have yet to visit a zoo, which I didn't despise. A prison disguised as a zoo is still a prison.

  5. And there, dear host, is the problem of Gaza, in a nutshell.

  6. No Nutshell for Santino.
    No Nuts.

  7. sheeesh! I sat their watching the video waiting, just waiting, for the Chimp to explode in rage and start hurling things at the poor innocent onlookers. 3 mins. and 45 secs of my life I'll never get back...

    ...reminds me of a cat my family had a bunch of years ago. It would jump up on the table after dinner (when no one was around 'cause it wasn't allowed) and stick its paw down a tall glass and dip it in the milk left over at the bottom. It would then lick the milk off its paw. Good thing it didn't learn about rock throwing!

  8. rat, way to equate palestinians with zoo chimps. you conveniently forgot to mention the word "Choice".

  9. The majority of the Palis have little choice, no exit visas are available to the common folk.

  10. I sent a friend back east a get well card with a picture of a chimp holding a flower and asking "Want a hug?"

    He replied "Regarding the hug, I'm sure, considering the recent news of chimpanze antics from CT, you will understand my reluctance to get anywhere closer than 1200 miles to one of those beasts. They are the closest living creature to man, and thus, the cruelest and most dangerous!

    My friend at the LA Zoo informed me that the media will rarely go into vivid detail when reporting attacks.

    Apparently chimps have a very rigid pattern and protocol.

    At maturity, a chimp has 5X the strength of an average man.

    When attacking a male, a chimp will always rip or bite off penis and testicles, bite off nose and ears, and finally, bite off fingers and tear arms from sockets.

    When attacking a human female, they skip the johnson attack and go right for the face!

    Nice huh?

    All the best..."

  11. "you fucking ape..."

    from Deliverance

  12. Gnossos, that Chimp fights like Habu.

  13. "The majority of the Palis have little choice"

    says you.

  14. As of yet, I've never seen a Pali or an ape successfully run a greenhouse.

  15. No, slim, so say the Israeli that control the exits and entrances, both they and the Eyegyptians.

    As wi"o" tells us, repeatedly, it is the Israeli that have the preponderance of power in the region. I tend to agree, with that analysis.

    The Israeli have been in control of Gaza, still are as long as they continue the siege, by land sea and air. What we have, there, is the result of their work, since 1967.

    "A prison disguised as a zoo is still a prison"

  16. around & around rat goes where he stops everyone knows. the game goes on with rat turning the dial back to the same spot.

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