kanzi bonobo

If bonobo chimpanzees are "the closest you can get to being human without being human," as they've been called by researchers, then it's only natural that they've got a little bit of gadget lust in them. So, we're pleased to hear that the Great Ape Trust in Des Moines, Iowa, has constructed a $10 million high-tech home for their bonobos (including star Kanzi, pictured, who makes stone knives and has performed with Peter Gabriel), which includes video intercoms, flush toilets and touch-screen communicators. No word yet on whether they'll have web access, but if we start seeing comments on the blog about "Shock the Monkey" being a big misunderstanding, we'll know where they're from.

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Welcome to the (high tech) monkey house