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Rise of the apes: Chimps really could shoot guns like they do in new film trailer

Daily Mail

One video clip shows an ape firing a machine gun at a group of African soldiers, while another sees a chimpanzee wielding a machete and hacking a carcass to pieces.

The clips, shot to look like fly-on-the-wall documentary footage, appear scarily real.

But they are actually part of a viral advertising campaign for the new film Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes.

A prequel to the classic Planet Of The Apes movies, the new film shows how apes in the present day come to be supremely intelligent beings who take over Earth.

Although science-fiction, experts claim that real chimpanzees could be trained to use weapons.

Professor John Mitani, from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, told Life'sLittleMysteries.com: 'I wouldn't doubt that you could train a chimp to wield a gun in the manner shown.'

However, don't panic just yet. For while the sight of an ape holding an AK-47 would be cause for alarm, scientists are agreed that it's unlikely a chimpanzee would reach for a weapon to inflict intentional harm on a human.

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