Apes Throw Tantrums When Taking Risks: Study

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
May 30, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Apes throw tantrums? Research shows that some apes throw tantrums when things don’t go their way.

Duke University scientists came up with decision-making games for the apes–bonobos and chimpanzees–so they can earn edible treats, according to an abstract of a study published in PLOS One.

When some apes lost the game, they got a cucumber instead of a banana, which triggered what appeared to be a temper tantrum, according to the BBC. In all, 23 chimps and 15 bonobos were studied in the Republic of Congo.

“The animals were all [rescued] orphans of the bushmeat trade,” lead researcher Alexandra Rosati told the broadcaster. “They’re sort of in semi-captivity, but it’s possible to play games with them.”

She added: “It’s as close as we can come to wild animals without actually being in the wild.”

The study ultimately showed that the apes made choices about getting a better treat at the risk of getting a non-preferred food item, according to the Science Daily.

Both bonobos and chimps displayed negative responses, including pouting, moaning, banging, and scratching when the less-desirable treat was received, the Daily said

Chimps were more patient than bonobos and were more likely to take risks.

Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.