Smart, dependable, fond of snacks: Jack the Chacma baboon, employed as a railway signalman

Smart, dependable, fond of snacks: Jack the Chacma baboon, employed as a railway signalman

You may have heard, “Hey, a monkey can do my job” as a way to describe a position not too challenging. However, in the late 19th century there was a man named James Wide who proved it when his job as signalman at a railway station in Cape Town, South Africa, was conducted by a Chacma baboon named Jack.

Jack came into the picture after a tragic event in 1877, when Wide lost both of his legs in a…

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