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« on: January 14, 2007, 11:16:18 AM »

Australia zoo puts humans on display

"An Australian zoo has put a group of humans on display to raise awareness about primate conservation... Over a month, the humans will be locked in an unused orang-utan cage at Adelaide zoo, braving the searing heat and snacking on bananas. They will be monitored by a psychologist who hopes to use the findings to improve conditions for real apes in captivity."

I can already hear everyone getting up in arms over this one!  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2007, 01:24:12 PM »

I can already hear everyone getting up in arms over this one!  Grin

LOL...well, I presume they're volunteers, and if they want to sit in a cage eating bananas and throwing feces for a month like our less intelligent evolutionary cousins, who am I to stop them? Wink
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« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2007, 01:29:29 PM »

I was sort of let down when I saw that they got to go home at night.  Cool I'd like to see what they'd be like if left in there for a year, without being allowed out or direct verbal interaction with observers. I'm sure they could get some volunteers to agree to that, provided they paid enough (and with the absurd amounts of money that goes into some of these studies, I don't see why they couldn't pay a decent wage to the participants).
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« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2007, 01:55:17 PM »

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I was sort of let down when I saw that they got to go home at night.
I'd agree.  IT's not a very good study (well, that can be taken in general, but) if the participents do it from 9-5.  Even, PBS allow participants to be there for three months, adding realism. 

I did find this to be upliffting, though
"Zoo vets haven't ruled out using tranquillizer darts if the humans misbehave."
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