Find Out What a Chimp With a Scottish Accent Sounds Like

Paul the chimpanzee from a Scotland zoo seems to be speaking like the locals.
1:38 | 02/07/15

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And finally tonight, we've known how similar to us chimpanzees are, but talking like us, too? Ever wonder what a chimp grunt with a scottish accent sounds like? Our resident scotsman nick watt checked it out. Reporter: Paul the chimpanzee moved from a Dutch safari park to this zoo in Scotland five years ago. And now, they say, he's talking with a scottish accent. That's absolutely bizarre. It hilarious. Reporter: Researchers honed in on the chimp grunt that means apple. Here's how Paul used to say it. Now, he says it like this. A subtle but seismic distinction, because that's exactly how his new scottish friends like Louis say it. Paul has learned to speak scottish. Is this like me learning the French word for apple so I can communicate with a French person or is it like me moving to Glasgow and start speaking with a glaswegian accent? Reporter: Unclear. But it proves chimps can control their grunts. It's almost language as we know it. Not just an excited innate animal reaction. Like Louis the chimp, I'm from Scotland, and I say apple. Like Paul the chimp, my kid's lived overseas a few years in Los Angeles. Now he says -- Apple. Reporter: Subtle, but seismic. This proves they are like humans. We do the same thing, don't we? Yeah. Reporter: And, just like humans, they like to fit in. Nick watt, ABC news, los Angeles. Just like us.

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