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15 remarkable animals that use tools

By: Bryan Nelson on Oct. 28, 2009, 10:09 a.m.
A chimp uses a stick to get balls out of a box

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Primates

There are endless instances of tool use among primates. To name just a few examples: chimpanzees fashion twigs for termite fishing, use stone and wooden tools to crack open nuts, and sharpen spears out of sticks to hunt; gorillas use walking poles to measure water depth; orangutans can pick a lock with a paperclip; and capuchins make stone knives by banging flint against the floor until the pieces are sharp.