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Thursday, 23 February 2012

Ping pong Pan-kun

Pan-kun is a chimpanzee who regularly appears on a Japanese TV show called Shimura Zoo. He is set tasks by his keepers and they're often quite ambitious. Today saw Pan-kun attempting to play table tennis. When you consider that he doesn't have opposable thumbs (and lacks a rotator cuff in his wrist), it's remarkable that he can even hold the bat.

My old flat-mate (hello Ryan!) used to laugh at me because of one episode where Pan-kun makes and cooks noodles - Ryan reckoned that was two things more than I could do. Worse still, he's right.

For those of you unfamiliar with the phenomenon that is Pan-kun, here's another clip where he's sent to harvest rice. In case you're wondering, the bulldog is Pan-kun's friend/pet James who often accompanies him on his adventures. The dog ain't quite so talented though.

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