Monkey Business in London
I'm sure most of you have heard about the humans currently on display at the London Zoo. In an Associated Press article, Polly Wills, a spokeswoman for the zoo, says, "Seeing people in a different environment, among other animals . . . teaches members of the public that the human is just another primate."
The article goes on to report: . . . "The exhibit, which opened Friday, puts the three male and five female Homo sapiens side by side with their primate relatives -- though separated from them by an electric fence. The eight -- chosen from 30 applicants who entered an online contest -- have diverse interests, from a chemist hoping to raise awareness about apes to a self-described actor/model and fitness enthusiast."
I wonder if the "primate relatives" next door to these guys also applied online for their positions at the zoo? And why the electric fence? If the human is "just another primate," why don't these captive Homo sapiens simply invite their cousins over for tea and bananas?