Chimps may have their champions, but when it comes to be considered among the ranks of high IQ tree swingers, Sulawesi crested macaques fail, quite clearly, to make the grade:
“Lecturers and students from the University of Plymouth wanted to test the claim that an infinite number of monkeys given typewriters would create the works of The Bard.
A single computer was placed in a monkey enclosure at Paignton Zoo to monitor the literary output of six primates.
But after a month, the Sulawesi crested macaques had only succeeded in partially destroying the machine, using it as a lavatory, and mostly typing the letter “s”.”
On the other hand, it’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that these hapless simian scribblers (Elmo, Gum, Heather, Holly, Mistletoe and Rowan) might have a prosperous future ahead of them in the field of performance art.