Originally Posted by tholub
I bet he did; chimpanzees are curious creatures, and enjoy solving problems and puzzles. They probably get some of the same "wow, I'm riding!" feeling that humans do when we first manage to ride.
It just depends on how much beating was involved in the learning process. At the man standing there who is probably the trainer doesn't have a whip or anything. There is a clip somewhere esle of monkey (yes, monkeys not chimps) riding little bicycles around a ring, but right in the middle is a trainer with a whip. Ewwwww!