One look to the right and one to the left, look at the puppies and … yes, you can go. When it comes to crossing a busy road, the chimpanzees show almost human care and attention. This video shot on a busy street in Sebitoli, in the northern part of Kibale National Park (Uganda), clearly shows it.
Abbey Road. In a 29-month search, researchers at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris monitored 20 road crossings of 122 chimpanzees on a high-speed road stretched by about 90 vehicles per hour.
Attention. The primates proved extremely cautious in dealing with the situation. 92% of them looked to the right, to the left or in both directions, and 57% were quick to reach the opposite side, demonstrating awareness of the danger.
Follow me. The alpha specimens have organized the crossings in 83% of the cases (in the movements between a tree and the other they lead the companions in 51% of the occasions), making sure that the latecomers or the weakest individuals - like the puppies or the injured specimens - passed in safety.
Let's split. Unlike what was observed on another group of chimpanzees engaged in crossing a quiet street in Bossou, Guinea, the primates of Sebitoli were divided into smaller groups to avoid cars. A demonstration of intelligence that will be used to improve the "pedestrian" passages reserved for wildlife in the less and less uncontaminated African reserves.