Bushbaby Poked to Death By Tool Wielding Chimp

February 27, 2007

Iowa State University anthropologists report tool use by chimpanzees in Senegal.

Chimpanzees forcibly jabbed tools into hollow trunks or branches multiple times and smelled and/or licked them upon extraction. Only two of the 22 reported cases were seen as playful — in the case of an infant male — or exploratory in nature. In all other cases, chimps were judged by the researchers to use such force in inserting the tool that prey within the tree could have been injured. They witnessed just one case in which a chimpanzee extracted a bushbaby — a smaller primate — through use of the spear.

The chimp was reported saying “mmmmmmm…… bushbaby.”


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