Wasn’t Planet of the Apes a fiction. Well, it seems to be real now! Apparently, monkeys ‘are’ far smarter than they let on and one clever monkey at a zoo in China has even figured out what to do to escape out of the zoo!
Visitors at Zhengzhou Zoo in Central China were witnesses to an amazing sight: an industrious little monkey used a stone to break the glass wall of its enclosure with shocking success. However, zoo visitors weren’t the only ones surprised by the incident, even the monkey, a Columbian white-faced Capuchin hightailed, once it realized what it had done.
The Daily Mail reported that one tourist, Mr. Wang, said that, “The monkey was sharpening the stone, then it started hitting it on the glass. The monkey scared itself away, but it came back to take another look and even touched it.”
The monkey’s antic was captured on camera by an onlooker.
This video raises many questions- Was what the monkey did just an accident? Or was the Capuchin simply pretending to be scared at first, so his nefarious plans would not be suspected?
One of the zoo’s staff Tian Shuliao revealed to the media that, “This monkey is unlike other monkeys. This one knows how to use tools to break walnuts. When we feed walnuts to other monkeys, they only know to bite it. But it had never hit the glass before though. This is the first time. It’s toughened glass, so it would never have got out. After it happened, we picked up all the rocks and took away all its ‘weapons’.”
It may seem surprising but quite a few members of the animal kingdom including monkeys, do know how to use tools. According to Live Science, chimpanzees can use stone tools and even make spears for hunting other primates while crows use a wide range of tools, from twigs to their own feathers.