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Thieving monkeys of Bali can spot expensive swag for better ransom

Jan 14, 2021 18:25 IST

Researchers have found that monkeys at the Uluwatu temple in Bali, known for stealing items from tourists and holding them close until some food is offered as ransom, are smarter than we think. According to psychology experts, the long-tailed monkeys can actually spot what items are of higher value like electronics, to the tourists and in turn, will fetch better rewards. For the study, the team filmed the animals in action for 273 days and found that their 'behaviours are socially learned and have been maintained across generations of monkeys for at least 30 years in this population.'

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