Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Chimps use tools in nine ways, including as weapons

Pound360 is always fascinated to learn how animals use tools. And we were surprised to learn chimpanzees use tools (stems, sticks, leaves, rocks) "in at least nine different ways" (MSNBC) to eat, drink, bathe, find stuff and even kill. Last year, a chimp was observed skewering a lemur.

More recently, scientists found some chimps had "upgraded" termite-fishing sticks with brushed tips. What next, baiting the sticks with honey?

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