Monkey Sharpens Rock and Uses It To Smash Through Glass Enclosure At Zoo
Footage taken at a zoo in China shows a monkey using a rock to smash through a glass enclosure in an attempted escape. The incident took place at the Zhengzhou Zoo in Central China’s Henan Province on the 20th of August.
In the video, a Colombian white-faced capuchin (Cebus capucinus) can be seen examining the glass with a rock in its hands. Next, the monkey begins to smash the glass, eventually causing it to shatter into pieces.
A bystander who identified himself as Mr. Wang later told reporters that the monkey was actually sharpening the stone prior to the attempted escape.
‘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,” Mr. Wang said.
Zhengzhou Zoo staff member Tian Shuliao said that this monkey actually knows how to use tools.
‘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,” Shuliao said.
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‘After it happened, we picked up all the rocks and took away all its ‘weapons’,‘ Shuliao added.
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