Chimp Shows Forward Planning By Attacking Drone With A Stick

Posted: Sep 4 2015, 6:16am CDT | by , Updated: Sep 4 2015, 4:10pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

Chimp Shows Forward Planning by Attacking Drone with a Stick
A female chimpanzee named Tushi uses a stick to "attack" the drone. Behind her Raimee is sitting also with a long stick. CREDIT: Royal Burger's Zoo

An annoyed chimp at the Royal Burgers’ Zoo attacked a drone camera with a stick. This incident shows that chimps are able to plan ahead and use tools as weapons.

They are more clever than they might seem at first sight. Chimpanzees at a zoo in the Netherlands began hitting a drone that was catching images of them. The whole procedure was done via a simple stick. Chimps seem to have a knack of using any tool at hand to get the job done.

A Dutch crew was filming the chimps at the zoo. They decided to use a drone camera to capture close-up videos of the chimps in captivity. While the preliminary test runs were being made, the chimps looked on with a mixture of curiosity and apprehension.

A few of them took up sticks in their hands and climbed on the logs and wooden beams in their confined area. They do not normally do such a thing. Then the drone started getting a little too close for comfort and that was when the chimps reacted rather viciously.

One of them took a swipe at the drone with its stick and managed to hit it really hard. The drone fell down and was broken in vital places thanks to this action taken by the annoyed and angry chimp.

The chimp was not the least bit fearful as was evident from its body language. Its face showed gritted teeth and a grimace meaning thereby that it was mad at the intruding object. The action was intentional and forceful.

These chimps were pretty foul-tempered at the sudden change of scenery. They didn’t want their lives to be interfered with. It was a singular kind of behavior that had occurred. The chimps showed pre-cognition and also knew a thing or two about the art of predicting the future.

In a study recently published in the journal Primates, Jan van Hooff and Bas Lukkenaar explain it as yet another example of chimpanzees' make-do attitude to using whatever is on hand as tools.

"The use of the stick as a weapon in this context was a unique action," comments van Hooff. "It seemed deliberate, given the decision to collect it and carry it to a place where the drone might be attacked."

"This episode adds to the indications that chimpanzees engage in forward planning of tool-use acts," Lukkenaar says.

Every step taken by these simians was meant to reach the goal of destroying the drone. It was all a scheme that was hatched with pre-planning and a cunning mentality that sought to reach an end that justified the means.

Apes show these trends that have reached their acme in man, the paragon of animals. The chimps at the zoo had never been given any previous training in using tools such as sticks.

But they seemed to have learned the art in a vicarious manner from watching man. Chimps are very intelligent creatures that can use more than a dozen different tools to accomplish their express purposes.

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