Here’s how influential baboons can be – they have digital natives questioning the value of social media.
A recent study of baboon behavior found that baboons like to hang out with their own personality types. Those identified as bold tended to hang out with like-minded baboons, while the meek ones prefer the company of their own sort.
As a result, groups remain socially isolated and new information tends to stay within the group that discovered it.
No, not to me either. No one in my circle cares much for animal studies. Even if the creatures aren’t harmed, we tend to agree that they have a right to privacy.
But Trail Baboon poet laureate Schuyler Tyler Wyler, who, frankly, is not one of us, found the report inspiring. So he penned the following few lines of deathless verse:
Those bold baboons are reckless beasts
They’re wild and fast and free.
So when I want to socialize,
they’re not my cup of tea.
I much prefer the timid ones.
Baboons who are demure.
If thoughtful and considerate,
I’ll hang with them for sure.
And when we convene a confab
to trade news and give reports,
we will screen for type and temperament
to weed out the wrong sorts.
So that when we all are gathered
we’ll stay focused, we’ll be tame.
All our thoughts and inspirations
will be pretty much the same.
Where do you get new ideas?