The zoo personals in a zoo in China remove all rocks in a glass enclosure after a monkey shatters glass with a rock. The attempted escape was caught on camera on the 20th of August, 2019.
The incident took place in the Zhengzhou Zoo in Central China’s Henan Province. The criminal is a Colombian white-faced capuchin (Cebus capucinus) who was caught in the video examining a rock. This overly smart monkey shatters the glass with the rock shattering it into pieces.
The crime was surely not pre-planned as the monkey himself seemed surprised at the shattered glass just like the bystanders. Startled by the scene he made, the monkey fled but later returned for a second look.
Mr. Wang, a bystander who witnessed the scene revealed that the clever primate sharpened the rock preceding the incident. He said, “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.”
Check Out The Footage Of The Clever Monkey Here
Tian Shuliao, a staff member at the zoo said that this monkey stood out among others of his kind in terms of the ability to use tools.
He said, “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.”
Capuchin monkeys are known to be shrewd users of tools. Usually, their purpose is to dig, crack open nuts, or process fruits and seeds. However, the motive behind this action is quite unclear. It could have been out of sheer boredom, curiosity, or anger towards captivity.
The shattered glass did not fall apart and the monkey still remains in his enclosure. However, all the rocks have been removed from his enclosure to prevent this from happening again.
This incident is a stark reminder of the injustice caused by entrapping animals for humans’ enjoyment. Some argue it is for the sake of wildlife conservation but most of the species in zoos are not endangered.