Genius Chimpanzee Uses Water As A Tool
Add this to the list of Awesome Things That Everybody Missed. The clip is from a 2008 NOVA documentary called Ape Genius.
At a research site in Fongoli, Senegal, a female chimpanzee breaks off a branch, chews the end to make it sharp, and then uses this rudimentary spear to skewer a tasty bush baby hiding inside a hollow tree. It’s an astonishing breakthrough for primate researchers—the first time anyone has documented a chimpanzee wielding a carefully prepared, preplanned weapon. But it’s only the latest in a slew of extraordinary new findings about ape behavior.
Watch the entire documentary here.