Genius Chimpanzee Uses Water As A Tool

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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.

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2 Responses to “Genius Chimpanzee Uses Water As A Tool”

  1. avatar Nick McCrea says:

    Yup, I’m officially dumber than a chimp…this is depressing

  2. avatar Garrick Otero says:

    I’m still smarter. If I was that chimp, I would have broken the glass and eaten the peanut. Then I would have used one of the glass shards to stab the researcher in the eye the next time he gave me some pain-in-the-ass puzzle to solve before I could eat my food.

    hmmm… aren’t the Handhake editors working on some kind of puzzle for the readers?