Gotta love solicitation bots! We especially like this particular variation on an all-too-frequent kind of “hey editor” solicitation. Our own blog post was about orangutans “blowing raspberries“: ——————————– hey Marc, Hope you’re having a good day, sorry to interrupt you :) I’m emailing because I found a page on your site that mentions something about raspberries: https://improbable.com/…/orang-utans-blow-raspberries-…/ […]
Orang-utans blow raspberries too
If you thought that humans were the only animal proficient at blowing a raspberry (a.k.a. voiceless exolabio-lingual trilling*1) think again. Orang-utans, for example*2 can and do blow them, usually when nesting [for reasons as yet unclear to us]. If you would like to hear an orang-utan blowing a raspberry, you’re in luck – the authors […]
Do orangutans prefer functional tools or non-functional tools?
Orangutans (Pongo spp.) have been observed to spontaneously use tools of various kinds to achieve their objectives. But researchers from The Great Ape Trust, Des Moines, IA, and Iowa State University wondered whether, given the choice, they might prefer to go for a functional tool (stiff) or a non-functional (floppy) tool. Their experimental study presented […]