Natasha the chimpanzee could be considered charming, mischievous, manipulative oh, and least we forget a genius.
Natasha came from Uganda and scientists have found that in tests she was more adapt at communicating than other chimps. She has astounded researchers with her ability to manipulate situations and communicate with other chimpanzees in a way that has never been observed before.
An increasing body of research suggests that, social intelligence, such as empathy, understanding and co-operative problem solving is what really set humans apart from other species. Surprisingly these are the very areas in which Natasha excels. In the latest research, carried out at the Max Planck Institute in Germany, by Josep Call and Esther Herrmann, they set out to examine the different kinds of intelligence displayed by particular chimpanzees. In analyzing the data from three groups of captive apes they focused on the chimpanzees' behavior and mental abilities, from tool use to social learning and communication. They then applied psychometric testing to the results. Of these, Natasha was exceptional with scores that went off the chart.
Natasha excelled in categories which tested her social intelligence, showing a natural aptitude for learning behavior from others and communicating. The findings will soon be published in a scientific journal.
She is renowned for her ornery streak, she has been observed to beckon visitors to her and then drenching them with water.
Another prodigy chimpanzee named Ayumu has shown extraordinary levels of numerical memory at the Primate Research Institute that many humans would find difficult.
Kristin Bonnie, an assistant research professor at Beloit College, Wisconsin, who specializes in social learning, asserts "I think there is a diversity in the scale of cognitive abilities and there will be a small handful of chimps that will be at the top of that scale and closer to humans than others."