Smart Monkey Sharpens Rock And Uses It To Smash Glass Enclosure At The Zoo

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Source: South China Morning Post / YouTube

It might seem like a scene from ‘Planet of the Apes’ when this monkey was caught on video using a sharpened stone to break the glass enclosure.

Some of us are under the belief that monkeys are smarter than they let on. Well this monkey has undoubtedly proven our beliefs to be right.

Staff members, zoo visitors, as well as the monkeys, were all amazed, as this smart Columbian white-faced Capuchin monkey in Zhengzhou Zoo in China’s Henan province, used a stone to break the glass enclosure.

According to The Daily Mail, Mr. Wang, a tourist, said that the monkey was sharpening the stone and suddenly started hitting it on the glass enclosure. The monkey itself got scared and ran away, but didn’t take it long to come back to take another glance at what had transpired. The monkey even had to touch it.

A staff member Tian Shuliao at Zhengzhou Zoo, said that this monkey knows how to use tools. Shuliao went on to say that this monkey is unlike any other, as it knows how to use tools to break walnuts. whereas the other monkeys only bite them.

As you are about to see, the monkey examines the glass while holding the rock and then begins to smash the glass, causing it to shatter into pieces.

Was the monkey hitting the glass out of frustration, boredom, curiosity, or wanting to escape?

Do you think it was an accident, or do you think the monkey did it on purpose and pretend to be scared, so they won’t suspect it had other treacherous plans?

In the animal kingdom, quite a few animals know how to use tools. Apparently, crows use tools, as well as chimpanzees. Chimpanzees use stone tools to make spears to hunt for other primates. Sea otters seem to be just as smart by using rocks to hit abalone shells off the stones to crack them open. This one may sound strange; Octopuses use coconut shells as portable armor.

Researchers have found that chimpanzees and orangutans consistently outperform monkeys on intelligent tests, conclusively proving that apes are more intelligent than monkeys.

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