Monkey sharpens rock and shatters glass enclosure in Chinese zoo
Planet of the Apes, who?
We all knew it was coming sooner or later: the monkey takeover is among us!
All jokes aside, a very interesting event took place at the end of last month.
On August 20 the visitors at Zhengzhou Zoo in Central China had the opportunity to observe a rather interesting set of events: an adorable monkey used a sharpened stone in order to break the glass window of its enclosure.
Nonetheless, the Columbian white-faced Capuchin was as surprised as the visitors by its accomplishment, as it can be seen fleeing the scene of the crime with the speed of light.
According to the Daily Mail, a tourist by the name of Mr. Wang recalled the events of that day in the following manner:
“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.”
Consequently, this instance left people pondering whether or not the monkey’s actions were done with a planned intent or by sheer accident. Moreover, was its fear genuine or a calculated move in order to fool us?
So many questions, so few answers…
In the meantime, one member of the zoo staff, Tian Shuliao, added to the story 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’.”
So, now this smart, little monkey has no ‘weapons’ in support of its ‘rebellious’ attempts. Well, at least until it finds another way around the ‘laws of the zoo’.
Although it may come as a surprise, there are more than a few animals that have the capability to use tools in such a fashion. For example, chimpanzees often use stone tools in order to make spears for hunting other animals.
What the video of the event below!