Employees of zoos in the Czech cities of Brno and Dvur Kralove nad Labem have connected the enclosures of chimpanzees to the program for video conferencing Zoom, so that the pets can call each other. CNN reported this on Wednesday, March 17.
“At first, the chimpanzees would approach the screen with defensive or threatening gestures when they saw their congeners,” said zoo employee Gabriela Lingartova.
Giant screens have been installed in the enclosures, through which zoo inhabitants can watch the life of their congeners in another zoo.
Lingartova noted that the animals began to behave like people who watch sports competitions. Chimpanzees have developed the habit of taking treats with them, which they chew while watching their congeners. The woman also added that if a tense situation arises, the monkeys can switch the broadcast.
The broadcast is live from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. local time on the zoo’s website. For now, this experiment will last until the end of March. A decision will be made later on whether or not to continue it.