Animals That Love Touchscreens

“Orangutans at the Miami Zoo are already using tablets to give their keepers dinner suggestions,” explains a new report by Atlas Obscura. We’ve long observed or heard about cats’ reactions to iPad games or penguins playing with tablets. But touchscreen use has grown beyond this and found value within scientific studies, rehabilitation efforts and plain old fun. Species ranging from tortoises to silverback gorillas and pigeons are using them for everything from spatial awareness testing to empathy exams. When the tablets freeze, the animals (much like humans) get frustrated, but when all is working as planned, these animals are having fun—and some even staving off boredom—a necessity with captive animals.