Nobody wants to live in captivity, and a new video from a Zoo in China shows just what can happen when an intelligent animal held captive in a zoo has too much time on its hands and little to do.
A white-faced, capuchin monkey gave onlookers quite a show at the Zhengzhou Zoo in Central China’s Henan Province. He was captured ( August 20 ) on tourist video using a small rock to shatter an enclosure wall made of tempered glass.
Capuchin monkeys are a group of New World monkeys belonging to the subfamily Cebinae, they are savvy tool-users and have been employing rocks to help them tackle a variety of tasks for thousands of years. They use tools to dig, crack open nuts, and process fruits and seeds.
One tourist at the Zoo, Mr. Wang, 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.”
One of the zoo’s staff, Tian Shuliao 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. 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.”
This video is a clear sign of the intelligence of primates, who enjoy being held in captivity no more than we humans would.