Scientists Discover Intelligent Ugandan Chimp

A group of German scientists have described a cheeky Ugandan chimpanzee called Natasha as a “genius” who was “intellectually closer to humans than most apes”.

According to findings published online by The Sun, a UK-based newspaper, Natasha, who lives in Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary on Lake Victoria, can communicate with people and manipulate them.

The 22-year-old demands extra food by clapping at caretakers during feeding time. She also gets her fun by playfully beckoning people to fling food her way, then spraying them with water.

Dr Joshua Rukundo, the sanctuary’s operations director, confirmed that a group of scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Germany was at the sanctuary and carried out a study on selected chimpanzees five years ago.

“Natasha is definitely among the most intelligent chimpanzees you will ever find,” said Dr Rukundo, who also doubles as the veterinary doctor at the sanctuary.

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