Myrtle Beach chimp monkeys around in virtual reality

Myrtle Beach chimp monkeys around in virtual reality

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – One of the chimpanzees at the Myrtle Beach Safari got up to some high-tech monkey business this week by trying on a virtual reality headset.

Video posted to the organization's Facebook page Wednesday shows Sugriva with an HTC Vive VR headset, apparently immersed in the virtual world. At one point, Sugriva even reaches out with his arm at one point to touch something that isn't really there.

The video has since gone viral, with an animated GIF of Sugriva reaching the top page of Reddit. Several technology blogs have questioned the video, saying that it appears Sugriva is fatigued and confused by the new technology.

The HTC Vive was released in April of 2016 and features a 2160 by 1200 resolution display, head-tracking technology, and even "room-scale" features, allowing users to move about in a virtual space. It's one of several new headsets launched this year that promises users an immersive virtual reality experience.

The Myrtle Beach Safari is home to over 130 animals, including chimpanzees, large cats, and an elephant. The organization offers tours of their 50-acre preserve in Myrtle Beach. The T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station at Barefoot landing is a free wildlife exhibit and living tiger museum.

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