Excuse Me Maaam... Car Grooming Service Is Complete... - Sparrow - NZ

AndreaEL

Gore, New Zealand

Artist's Description

A few weeks ago while on one of our day excursions in Te Anau I observed a group of sparrows in a car park hopping from one car grid to another cleaning up all the dead bugs that get caught in the front grill of the cars… I was amazed at how they knew the bugs were there in the first place. A few days later when we were shopping in Gore I observed another group of sparrows doing the same thing… I watched for a while and as each new car pulled up they would do the same… It made me think about the monkey’s that began washing their potatoes in salt water… As sparrows are very common all over the world I wonder if they do the same in other countries… Or perhaps they have always done it and I just never noticed…
Excuse Me Maaam… Car Grooming Service Is Complete… – Sparrow

FEATURED: ANIMAL CAPTIONS & CONFESSIONS, GEMS, CAPTION FUN

Japanese snow monkeys (macaques, 日本猿- nihonzaru, Macaca fuscata) on Koshima display group learning and culture by discovering and sharing the technique of washing sweet potatoes. They also discover how to separate sand and rice clumps by throwing the mixture into water and letting the rice float to the surface.

THE 100TH MONKEY PHENOMENON
the potato-washing event demonstrated the concept of “critical mass” in nature. According to his account, there were around 99 macaques that picked up potato washing at Koshima, and one night the 100th monkey began to wash its potato as well. The impetus from that single monkey brought the behavior to the point of critical mass, and the rest of the neighboring macaques began washing their potatoes. Watson and others have applied that concept to how you can spark change by influencing enough people to reach that “hundredth monkey.”

Excuse Me Maaam… Car Grooming Service Is Complete… – Sparrow
FEATURED APRIL 2012


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