Zan vs. Nim

We are finally done reading Half Brother, written by Kenneth Oppel. It took us 32 readings. Half Brother, I thought, was a pretty good book. I think that chimps and monkeys are so cute, so this book interested me. I would defiantly recommend this book to a friend, especially if they love chimps!

After reading the book Half Brother, we watched a documentary called Project Nim. Both of these were very similar but had some differences.

Both Half Brother and Project Nim were about an experiment of teaching chimps sign language. In both the book and documentary, both chimps learned a lot of signs, which I think is fascinating! In Project Nim, I found that a lot of the characters were similar. In Half Brother Peter is defiantly Bill in the documentary. In both, the chimps started off in a home with a family and bit people. Both Zan and Nim learned a lot of signs and they both had to go learn is some kind of room or chair that they did not like at all. Zan had to learn in a learning chair, which he hated. Nim had to learn in a room that had no windows or anything and he always wanted to get out. They both were taught to be like a human at the beginning and then were taught to be a chimp again. But there were a lot do differences.

In Project Nim, Nim liked to smoke and drink alcohol with the humans, in Half Brother Zan did not do any of those things. In Project Nim he lived with a mom, dad and many siblings. In Half Brother Zan had a mom, dad, but only one sibling. In Project Nim, Nim was a lot more mean to everyone; he bit a lot of people, even the people he really cared about. Although Zan did bit, he didn’t seem as mean as Nim did. Zan usually only bit the people he didn’t like. In the documentary they showed everything, including Nim going throught puberty. But in the book, the author didn’t tell us about any of that stuff.

Overall the book and the documentary were really interesting. I think the experiment that they did was really cool. I did not think of this experiment to be animal cruelty at all. But I would defiantly recommend the book and documentary  to my friends and family.


Thoughts on Meats and Leather

In our class and Mrs. Durnin’s class we have been reading a book called Half Brother, written by Kenneth Oppel. It is about a chimp learning sign language as an experiment. On the Idea Hive site Mrs. Dunin and Mr. Fisher wrote some questions about animal testing and stuff. They had us choose one question and do some thinking about it. I chose to answer, “Do you feel guilty about eating animals or wearing leather goods? Why or why not?”

I do not feel guilty for eating animals, mostly because I do not think about my meat being animals while I eat it. But if I do think about it being an animal, I do feel a little guilty. I do not ever go hunting because I don’t think I could do it. I would feel way to bad for hurting or killing an animal! But I am not against hunting, quite a few of my friend go hunting and I don’t really care if they do; unless I see the fur or something from the animals. I also feel really bad for all those animals killed in animal testing. But also I’m not so much against animal testing. Animal testing does help the health of us humans.

I am against wearing leather goods and fur. I think that there are other things to wear, that do not involve killing animals. Plus they are expensive, so why wear expensive leathers and furs that took an animals life? There are plenty of other types of clothing that you can wear, that do not involve animals. But if I ever see my friends wearing animal fur or leather, I would not say anything because if they like it then that’s alright. Everyone has their own opinion.

But there are  people that are the opposite as me, who feel that eating animals is completely bad and we should not do it. I know some people that are vegetarians and will not eat meat or even watch other people eat meat. Meat gives us protein, so it’s a little harder to get protein if you are  a vegetarian. Vegetarians eat nuts, soy, beans, tofu, and dairy products to get protein. But I can see how some people wouldn’t want to hurt animals, they are so cute!

On a scale of one to ten, I am a 5 on this issue. I can eat meat but I do feel a little guilty at times. I sometimes wear fur mukluk’s, but that is all the animal skins I wear. I do feel really bad for wearing animal furs but I do not wear a lot. What are your thoughts about eating animals and wearing animal furs? Comment below.

Chimps Chimps Chimps

My class, and the class from Wingham have been working together in small groups. We all had a topic to research about the book Half Brother. Half Brother is a book written by Kenneth Oppel. Which we will be starting to read real soon. My group had to research chimps.

I liked learning about chimps, I learned a lot of interesting facts about chimps that I never knew before. One of the most interesting fact was that there are only about 12 000 chimps left in the world. The population of chimps has increased by 4 000 very recently! Also that chimps were created about  4-8 million years ago! Now chimps are located mostly around the central part of Africa.

Chimps mostly eat plant foods, like fruit, seeds, nuts, leaves and flowers. When they eat it is really messy, they shove food in their mouth, and only about half will actually go in. Did you know that chimps are the closest relatives to us humans? This is true, and I thought that was pretty interesting.

I found chimps a very interesting subject to research. I found some pretty interesting facts about them. Now that we have finished giving our presentations, I can’t wait to start the book. I don’t really have any predictions on what is going to happen in the book, Half Brother. But I can’t wait to start it!