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Monkey uses rock to smash enclosure glass

By T.K. Randall
August 27, 2019 · Comment icon 9 comments



The monkey failed to make good his escape. Image Credit: YouTube
Footage showing a monkey using a sharpened rock to break the glass at a zoo in China has recently gone viral.
The incident, which occurred at Zhengzhou Zoo in Central China's Henan Province on August 20th, played out like some sort of precursor to the Planet of the Apes movies.

In the video, the monkey - a Colombian white-faced capuchin - can be seen grabbing a rock in both hands and repeatedly striking it against the hardened safety glass that surrounds its enclosure.

After a few hits the glass breaks, causing the monkey to dart away in fright.
"This monkey is unlike other monkeys," said Zhengzhou Zoo staff member Tian Shuliao. "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'."



Source: Lad Bible | Comments (9)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Desertrat56 3 years ago
Monkeys use tools. That is not something new.  Interesting though.
Comment icon #2 Posted by lightly 3 years ago
Sea otters use rocks too..  I wonder if the monkey "knew" the glass would break?   I doubt it.  ?
Comment icon #3 Posted by Desertrat56 3 years ago
I expect something must have been the last straw and the monkey felt the need to get out of that cage.
Comment icon #4 Posted by acute 3 years ago
It's a Chinese monkey, so I'm guessing it's a Hong Kong protester. I notice the video doesn't show the Tear Gas and the beating from the Police.  
Comment icon #5 Posted by lightly 3 years ago
Maybe so.    I just have doubts as to him understanding that the glass would break? ?
Comment icon #6 Posted by Dark_Grey 3 years ago
Maybe. He might just be bored. Either way, that monkey has entered the stone age.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Desertrat56 3 years ago
Maybe it isn't reasoning like we would, but more primitive.  It sees through the glass so there must be a way through it.  The rock is a good tool.
Comment icon #8 Posted by DieChecker 3 years ago
Monkey stone age just started.... Reminds me of a Star Trek episode where Kirk beats on a force field to try to escape.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Alchopwn 3 years ago
What that monkey did was next to terrorism and required a strong response from the state. - Xi Jinping.


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