'Look, a trained chimp could do this job.' is a phrase my husband and children have heard cross my lips more than once. It is my retort to complaints about doing simple jobs. 'Mom, it will take too long/is too much work to clean my room/vacuum/load the dishwasher/etc.' 'Just go do it, a trained chimp could get it done faster.' Apparently I am quite correct...
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP, Jan. 17, 2007)- An escaped chimpanzee at the Little Rock Zoo raided a kitchen cupboard and did a little cleaning with a toilet brush before sedatives knocked her out on top of a refrigerator.
The 120-pound primate, Judy, escaped yesterday into a service area when a zookeeper opened a door to her sleeping quarters, unaware the animal was still inside. As keepers tried to woo Judy back into her cage, she rummaged through a refrigerator where chimp snacks are stored. She opened kitchen cupboards, pulled out juice and soft drinks and took a swig from bottles she managed to open.
Keeper Ann Rademacher says Judy went into the bathroom, picked up a toilet brush and cleaned the toilet. Rademacher says the 37-year-old Judy was a house pet before the zoo acquired her in 1988, so she may have been familiar with housekeeping chores. Judy wrung out a sponge and scrubbed down the fridge. It took a couple of tries, but the zoo sedated the chimp, who fell asleep on top of the refrigerator with half a loaf of cinnamon-raisin bread she had pulled out of the freezer.
The zoo veterinarian gave Judy a drug to bring her around. Rademacher says Judy was groggy but fine after the episode. The zoo says there was no danger Judy would get out of the primate keepers service area and onto zoo grounds.
Did you read that? It says they sedated the chimp and presumably put her back in her cage. Are these people insane??? Poor Judy wasn't running amok. She wanted a bite to eat then she cleaned up after herself and earned her keep. She scrubbed the toilet and cleaned the fridge. I wouldn't have sedated her. I would have handed her the mop and a bucket and asked her to clean the floor. Then I'd have given her a bunch of bananas when she was done. She's cheaper help than my kids are, that's for sure! No respect for a responsible primate I say.
And I can tell you this much...if cleaning up after yourself and having a snack puts me at risk for a catching a tranquilizer dart in the butt and being locked up in a cage I'm not taking any more chances.