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Planet of the Apps – not totally unreal

Planet of the Apps

New toy ... intrigued gorilla prods iPad

New toy … intrigued gorilla prods iPad


A GORILLA prods the new toy which scientists hope will transform the way primates are kept alert and happy in zoos — an iPad.

Animal behaviour experts handed out the gadgets to five apes in an experiment. The super-smart gorillas quickly learned to turn the screens on and off and seem fascinated by the colours and pictures.

Amazingly not a SINGLE one of the five tablets which download apps has been broken since being given out at Port Lympne wild animal park three weeks ago.

Head keeper Phil Ridges said yesterday: “We thought they would bang them on rocks but they carry them round as if they were babies.”

Gorillas get iPads to aid alertness and keep them happier in zoos | The Sun |News
…. this story is dated April 1st …. but I couldn’t resist it.

Bobcats Up Close!


A surprise bobcat sighting on my walk today. A pair of bobcats sauntered past me while I was stretching at the top of the little hill trail near home. They weren’t fussed by my presence at all. From the squalling and caterwauling after they went into the bushes, they must have been a mating pair.

Every time I go for a walk I see something new and interesting but it can be just small things like butterflies, scat, clouds etc. and I nearly didn’t go out today because it was already the middle of the day so I didn’t expect largish animals to be about.

One of them was going to walk straight by me on the trail, while the other was more cautious and went around the tree, but by the time I’d fussed around finding my phone to take a photo, they’d both gone into the underbrush. I’ve borrowed a lovely photo from Tory Kallman Photography that looks just like my sighting.