Monkey Sharpens Rock, Tries To Break Free By Smashing Glass Enclosure At Zoo In Heartbreaking Moment

Monkey Sharpens Rock, Tries To Break Free By Smashing Glass Enclosure At Zoo In Heartbreaking Moment

Visitors at Zhengzhou Zoo in Central China witnessed a cute monkey using a stone to break the glass wall of its enclosure.

Capuchin monkeys are generally considered to be the smartest new world monkeys. That was apparent when a Columbian white-faced Capuchin at Zhengzhou Zoo in Central China used a rock to break the glass of its own enclosure on August 20. The footage published by AsiaWire showed the animal repeatedly raising the object above its head and using it to hit the glass wall in an attempt to escape. 

Mail Online reported that one particular visitor, Wang, saw that “the monkey was sharpening the stone before it started hitting it on the glass." Wang then saw the monkey scare itself away, before coming back to take another look at the shattered glass and even touching it.”. Was the monkey just playing with the rock and that the whole glass-breaking thing, an accident? Or could it have been planning exactly that all along? 



Meanwhile, one of the zoo’s staff Tian Shuliao told local media that “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. After it happened, we picked up all the rocks and took away all its ‘weapons.'”



Tool use has been observed in capuchin monkeys both in captivity and in their natural environments. Many different species of monkeys seem to share this trait. In the wild, gorillas use sticks to rake in items; in captivity, they copy humans' actions such as tickling others with twigs. Baboons, members of the old world monkey subfamily, use twigs as tools to pry insects or pebbles from the ground.







Zhengzhou Zoo informed the public that the glass would be replaced and that they would increase patrols to ensure no animals attempt to escape.

Many people nationwide own and breed capuchin monkeys, both legally and illegally. And all states vary in their laws for keeping primates as pets. Some ban them altogether, some regulate against importing them across state lines, and a small few allow primate ownership with a permit only. Capuchin monkeys usually live in large groups (10 - 35 individuals) within the forest, although they can easily adapt to places colonized by humans. To mark their territories, capuchin monkeys leave a scent by soaking their hands and feet in their urine. 



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