Chimps Cracking Coconuts

Chimps Cracking Coconuts

Last week the chimps each received their own coconut. While some of the chimps determined that breaking through that hard shell just wasn’t worth the effort, a few of them were determined to get the tasty treat inside. CJ was the first to go in for it, first trying her teeth then smacking it on a rock, and was soon able to drink from her coconut. Topo did the same, creating a crack large enough to drink the sweet coconut water from. Once the water was gone though, it required real innovation to get to the coconut meat inside. As I went on with my days work, Topo was working hard as well and was trying a new method to fully open his coconut every time that I passed by. First I watched him try wedging a pair of sunglasses into the crack in the coconut with great focus. I smiled at his effort and went on with my work but the next time I passed him he was in exactly the same spot, now wedging a plastic toy wrench into the crack, still determined to get to the coconut meat. About fifteen minutes later, I saw Topo happily enjoying his coconut, now broken in half. As he scraped the coconut meat out with his teeth I noticed half a dozen plastic objects sitting next to him on the platform. It seemed Topo had tried every tool at his disposal, discarding one each time it failed him and moved on to the next. I don’t know exactly what was going on in Topo’s mind, or if he had a method to his tool choice, but his intelligence and determination has impressed me once again.

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Kaleigh, Social Media Editor