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科学美国人60秒:黑猩猩的睡前早餐计划

来源:慢速英语   时间:2020-05-08 16:56:25

Chimps Hit Sack with Breakfast Plans

黑猩猩的睡前早餐计划

When you go to bed at night, are you already thinking about what you;ll have for breakfast in the morning? If you are, that;s one more thing you have in common with chimps. Because a new study shows that chimps choose a camp site based on the next morning;s menu. The work is in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. [Karline R. L. Janmaat et al, Wild chimpanzees plan their breakfast time, type, and location]

每晚上床入睡前,你是不是都已经想好了第二天早餐吃什么?如果是这样,那你跟黑猩猩就又多了一个共同点。一项新的研究显示:黑猩猩是根据第二天早餐食物来选择宿营地点的。此研究刊发于《美国国家科学院院刊》。【卡琳RL杨马特等:野生黑猩猩会计划早餐的时间、品种和地点】

The jungle may seem like a place where you can always find a ripe piece of fruit. But the most calorically dense snacks are highly sought afterand quick to disappear. A fig tree, for example, can be stripped bare in a single visit by birds, squirrels or any number of fruit-loving species. So how does a chimp secure a seat at the highly desirable fig cafe?

也许看起来丛林里好像很容易就能找到成熟的果子。但是,这些高度密集的食物同样也被觅食者高度搜索着,而且很快就会被消灭完。就拿一棵无花果树来说吧,鸟类、松鼠或其他任何一种食果类物种采摘一次就能将其剥光光。由此看来,黑猩猩先去火爆的无花果咖啡馆占下一席之位的想法如何呢?

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To find out, researchers tracked five wild chimps at a national park in the Ivory Coast. And they found that the apes set up their sleeping nests along the path to breakfast, and set out before dawn. But they only took these steps when figs were likely on offer.

为查出结果,研究人员在西非象牙海岸的一个国家公园跟踪了5个野生黑猩猩。他们发现,猩猩们会沿着去吃早饭的小路建造睡觉的窝,并且会在黎明前就出发去觅食。但它们只会在无花果树看起来有食可寻时做这些活动。

The findings suggest that chimps can really plan ahead when it comes to their morning meal. And that the early bird may settle for the the worm. Because a clever chimp already took all the figs.

该结果表明,当涉及到它们的早餐问题时,黑猩猩是会提前做打算的。而且早起的鸟儿可能也会勉强接受吃些虫子。因为聪明的大猩猩早就吃光了无花果树上所有的食物。