Scientists Successfully Teach Gorilla It Will Die Someday

We used to think ourselves unique among the creatures of the world and blithely thought never the twain shall meet.

The more we learn about our evolutionary cousins, however, the more we come to understand just how close we are, and though we may have once felt proud of the uniqueness of our being-toward-death, scientists have finally been able to close this existential gulf by teaching a gorilla it will one day die... probably quite soon :)




No word yet on whether this gorilla (or the orangutan on the picture to the right) was subjected to a crash course on the existentialism of Martin Heidegger and Jean Paul Sartre.

For some reason, this reminds me of that time scientists dissected a colleague to find out how scientists work :)
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