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Sport 41: 2013

Wellington Zoo 36

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Wellington Zoo 36

Who would have picked the knuckle-wavers to
win? Several chimpanzees were demonstrating
a climbing prowess the bipedal could
only admire. Others, walking, were
models of compact power. To no avail—
human uprightness had fluked intelligence,
chimpanzees left at the gate, without
wit enough even to realise they lacked
wit. A possible exception to this was
the sullen-eyed loner on the cave roof,
staring far off, as if as well as more
than matching the young Marlon Brando in
respect of brawny ease, it had rights to
the line ‘I coulda been a contender’.