Bonobo Chimp Lights Fire!
Kanzi a Bonobo chimp lights fire AND cooks on it! Isn’t it amazing what apes can do these days. I’d like to see a video. Click here to see still photos of Kanzi, the Bonobo chimp, on the Telegraph website.
I particularly liked this comment on photo 10
“An old Congolese tribal legend tells that man and bonobo used to live side by side in the forests of the Congo – but went their separate ways after humans invented fire. Bonobos, the legends say, were able to make fire, but unlike the humans always put their fires out and moved on. Humans wanted to keep their fires going and so they ended up staying in villages while bonobos continued to live in the forests.”
Does this legend go back to the dawn of humankind?
Update 16th April 2014
Tonight I have seen a program on BBC1 television called ‘Monkey Planet’. This discussed the intelligence of many of the primates and showed film of their abilities. If you reside in the UK you can look out for the program on BBC iPlayer in the next few days.
One article actually showed Kanzi, the Bonobo chimp who was the subject of the Telegraph’s article, actually lighting a fire and cooking marshmallows during a picnic.
If you can’t get to see it at the BBC then watch Kanzi cook his marshmallow below:
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