Apes Spotted Flying Drone and Smiling

One ape controls the drone while the other sits beside him holding the unmanned vehicle's case. Both smile for the camera.
Loukia Papadopoulos

In a new short video that has surfaced on TikTok, apes have been spotted flying drones. The drone is an Autel Robotics Evo and the apes are located in a Myrtle Beach Safari in South Carolina.


The video was taken by photographer Nick B. and shows two apes flying a drone. One is standing up using the drone's controller while the other sits beside him holding the drone's case.

The video is particularly impressive as the ape seems very much in control of the drone. It repeatedly looks down at its remote controller and up at the drone indicating it knows it is the one controlling the unmanned flying vehicle.

What is particularly cute and noteworthy is that both the apes seem to be having a good time as they smile for the camera. Could they also be aware that they are being videotaped?

For now, no further news has been released about the flying-drone-apes and no studies have been done to test whether the animals really know they are the ones flying the drone.

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Still, the video is gaining popularity and has now been released on Instagram, about a week after first being spotted on TikTok. What do you think of these amazing apes?

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