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Washington animals ape humans for new pastime

The caged apes at the National Zoo can now spend their lounging time like many Americans - watching sports, news, cartoons, and animal programs on their television sets. The gorillas and orangutans have even caught the ''Redskins Fever'' that sweeps through the nation's capital each fall, with their cage-side sets tuned to weekend football games.

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Zoo officials recently installed three TV sets for the apes ''to relieve their boredom,'' said a keeper in the Great Ape house. Zoo keepers said they have not noticed any discernible change in the apes' behavior since TV was introduced.

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