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Bonobos are only found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
These great apes are complex beings with profound intelligence,
emotional expression, and sensitivity,
and are one of humankind’s closest living relatives
sharing more than 98% of our DNA.
Because of illegal bushmeat trade,
baby bonobos are left as orphans
or put on the black market for sale as pets.
The Cotton-top Tamarin is a small monkey about the size of a squirrel
and weighs less than 2 pounds.
Tamarins are among the smallest of the primates.
In the wild they live about 13 to 16 years
but in captivity they can live as long as 25 years.
If you start with a cage containing five monkeys
and inside the cage,
hang a banana on a string from the top,
then you place a set of stairs under the banana,
a monkey will go to the stairs and climb toward the banana.
As soon as he touches the stairs,
you spray all the other monkeys with cold water.
After a while another monkey makes an attempt with same result
… all the other monkeys are sprayed with cold water.
Pretty soon, when another monkey tries to climb the stairs,
the other monkeys will try to prevent it.
Now, put the cold water away.
Remove one monkey from the cage
and replace it with a new one.
The new monkey sees the banana
and attempts to climb the stairs.
To his shock,
all of the other monkeys beat the crap out of him.
After another attempt and attack,
he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs
he will be assaulted.
Next, remove another of the original five monkeys,
replacing it with a new one.
The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked.
The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment
Then, replace a third original monkey with a new one,
followed by a fourth, then the fifth.
Every time the newest monkey takes a step towards the stairs
he is attacked.
Most of the monkeys that are beating him up
have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs
and they do not know why they are participating
in the beating of the newest monkey.
Finally, having replaced all of the original monkeys,
none of the remaining monkeys
will have ever been sprayed with cold water.
none of the monkeys will try to climb the stairway
for the banana.
Why, you ask? Because in their minds…
“That is the way it has always been!”
This, my friends,
is how Congress and older companies operate…
and is why, from time to time,
all of the monkeys need to be
REPLACED AT THE SAME TIME.
Studies show that older people with pets pay considerably fewer visits to the doctor. Up to 16 percent less, according to professor Judith Siegel of the School of Public Health at the University of California. That percentage is even higher for dog owners, reaching over 20 percent. According to Australian research, the presence of house pets in households saves the Australian government some 800 million to 1.5 billion US dollars a year in health costs.
Psychologists have long realized the healing power of pets. In the 1950s child psychologist Boris Levinson often had difficulty reaching his traumatised patients, until the day that his dog Jingles wandered into the treatment room, His young clients were pleased and spontaneously opened themselves up to the dog, and thus also to Levinson. He was the first to write about “the dog as co-therapist”.
There are countless well-documented examples of successful animal-assisted therapy. A little boy who begins to heal his partially paralysed hand by petting a dog. Abused children and prisoners who train a dog to learn how to not repeat the abusive behaviour they have experienced. Autistic children who learn to communicate through contact with dolphins. Sometimes all the therapist has to do is bring up an issue and then observe where the child and animal take it.