Chimps look both ways before crossing the road

Wild apes take road safety very seriously and knowing this can help us make streets safer for wildlife

In a 29 month study, 92 per cent of chimps looked both ways before heading over the tarmac and 57 per cent of them ran across, indicating that the animals are aware that the road is a dangerous place to be.

Alpha males led and organised 83 per cent of crossings, as well as ensuring stragglers weren’t left behind. A whopping 86 per cent of chimps looked back or stopped when a vulnerable member of the group fell behind.

Watch the footage of these cautious chimps below.

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