In testing out a theory, Packham “allowed” a monkey to steal his iPhone. Packham then sought out the thieving primate in order to negotiate terms for the return of his phone. The monkey was offered a choice of different foods – nuts, bananas and eggs. Once Packham tossed over all three items, the monkey abandoned the previously coveted iPhone for Packham’s retrieval. Essentially, the monkey was holding the phone hostage for a good meal.
Monkeys who steal valuables from humans and then barter for their return. These animal liars, cheats and hustlers really will stop at nothing to get a meal.