Lemurs Discover Soccer, Books, Liberty

Lemurs Discover Soccer, Books, Liberty

Lemurs Discover Soccer, Books, Liberty

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June 24 2010 9:08 AM

Lemurs Discover Soccer, Books, Liberty

Not content with teaching our eventual successors, the robots, to play soccer , humans are also celebrating the World Cup by inflicting the sport on our lower primate cousins. The ring-tailed lemur troop at the Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire has been given soccer balls and a red card to play with, the Coventry Telegraph website reported.

Ring-tailed lemurs are highly sociable and they reproduce well in captivity. They are generally uninterested in using tools and show less elaborate cognitive skills than monkeys or apes do.

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Earlier this month, a pair of young adult male ring-tailed lemurs escaped from the Duke University Lemur Center and wandered around Durham, North Carolina, for a day and a half, apparently in a futile search for female lemurs. They were recaptured inside the school library of Cresset Christian Academy.

No similar escapes of humanoid robots have been reported yet.