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There is a famous claim that says the way to trap monkeys is by placing a staked container with a hole cut into it just wide enough for a monkey to stick its empty hand into.

The container is baited with a banana or something attractive to the monkey. The monkey reaches for bait and then, since it will not release the bait, it cannot pull its hand out of the trap. It is then captured. I

Is it effective to trap animals this way?

Important note (-; (there is a Simpsons episode where Homer exhibits this behavior. Homer tries to get a free soda by reaching up into the soda machine and gets his hand on the can and it gets stuck until they realize the reason he is stuck is because he wont let go of the can.)

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  • Sorry, too hasty close vote, not a dupe
    – Suma
    Feb 2, 2012 at 7:21
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    No evidence, but evolution wouldn't have allowed this behaviour to pass on through monkey generations as food is often in tight spots. I rank this up there with "do penguins fall over when low flying planes pass over"
    – Rory Alsop
    Feb 2, 2012 at 11:55
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    @RoryAlsop - it was bug in the Intelligent Design **runs and hides**
    – user5341
    Feb 2, 2012 at 17:10
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    This video seems legit: youtube.com/…
    – Sklivvz
    Feb 3, 2012 at 13:07
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    Well I don't know about monkeys, but I remember when I was little a neighboring house had goat kids. They could easily poke their heads through the gaps in the fence to eat the snacks I'd feed them, but because the horns face backwards they had a very tough time pulling their heads back out - we had to help them when we'd leave.
    – Superbest
    Mar 30, 2012 at 16:38

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