Planet of the Apes – Orangutan Masters Hand Saw

January 28, 2017 at 3:27 pm

A clip from a new PBS series called Spy in The Wild shows an orangutan sawing through tree branches. The curious apes apparently learned the skill by watching nearby humans and then borrowing their tools.

Spy in the Wild features look-alike animal robots spy on wild animals in their natural habitats to discover their “natural” behaviors. The series premieres Feb. 1.

Such displays of intelligence remind us humans we are not so much “higher” or “more evolved” than our other ape relatives – or any conscious beings on earth. What makes us think they are less deserving of “rights” – like life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – that have thus far been reserved exclusively for humans?