Chimpanzees Look Both Ways Before Crossing The Street [Video]

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Chimpanzee

Chimpanzee

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We know that chimpanzees don't like drones, can catch yawns and are empathetic. They're quick learners, so it's no surprise that they've learned a new skill. Chimpanzees in Uganda have learned to look both ways before crossing the street. And they've been caught on camera doing so. The footage was taken by researchers from the National Museum of Natural History in Paris and the Uganda Wildlife Authority, who observed chimpanzees crossing a busy highway for nearly two and a half years.

In a paper, the researchers found that over half of all chimpanzees crossed the road at a run, and 92 percent turned their head to look right or left before crossing.