Thursday, April 18, 2013

Fire Using Ape

Anytime I hear about apes doing things that only humans are supposed to do, it catches my attention. Clearly the reason is my interest in sasquatches, and my quest to understand them more than I do now (a life-long quest that will never be completed, I'm sure).

I've always thought that the debate about whether bigfoots are apes or humans is not a worthy argument to engage in. Humans are apes. Special apes, I admit, but apes nonetheless. In fact, all the apes are special in my mind, and bigfoots are included in that assessment. The question should be how human-like are bigfoots. I suspect they are very much like humans, probably far more so than most folks would be comfortable with.

But I digress...

I saw this article about a particular bonobo that figured out how to use fire for cooking. I found that interesting, but the last few paragraphs of the article are the ones that really made me want to post it to the blog. Here are some of those paragraphs:

"This isn't the first time apes have displayed uniquely human behavior. The report "Spontaneous Prosocial Choice By Chimpanzees," published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that the primates are as cooperative as humans, especially when their partners are patient with them.

"For me, the most important finding is that like us, chimpanzees take into account the needs and wishes of others," researcher Dr. Victoria Horner told LiveScience following the study.

Previous studies have also found that monkeys can doubt themselves, and even show disappointment and regret."

I am always interested in the ever-fading division between what constitutes "human" behavior, and what is solely ape behavior.

Here is the beginning of that article:

Kanzi The Bonobo Can Start A Fire, Cook His Own Food

Anyone who's ever seen "Planet of the Apes" or the recent "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," knows this is exactly how it starts. And it's all downhill from here.

Kanzi, a fun-loving male bonobo, has figured out how to cook his food with fire, the Daily Mail reports.

Bonobos are also known as pygmy or dwarf chimpanzees, and listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List due in large part to poaching.

According to the Daily Mail report, this is the first time a bonobo ape has developed this skill, which Dr Savage-Rumbaugh, of the Great Ape Trust, links to early human development.

"When humans learned to control fire and to domesticate dogs we began to feel a new level of safety which freed us to become creative and to create more sophisticated cultures," Savage-Rumbaugh told the Daily Mail.

Kanzi's skills have also transcended food groups: not only can he cook hamburgers in a pan over the fire, but he can roast marshmallows at the end of a stick, too.

Read the rest of the article by clicking this link.


  1. WOW!! That's almost all i can say.. He can build a fire, Utilize the tools to cook his own food?!?!?! How cool is that!! Learn something new everyday.. Thnx for sharing Sir Cliff..

  2. ". Humans are apes. Special apes, I admit, but apes nonetheless."
    After reading this article, I am starting to think that humans are not so special after all. Thank for sharing this information.


  3. How did he start the fire?

  4. Maybe we need to redefine human.

  5. I grew up with the Original Planet of the Apes! I have been fascinated by Bigfoot for years. I watched a video of Chimps that watched ne of their own die and it was just like watching a human family! If you are intellegent enough to feel pain I know you can feel love! That to me is most important!

  6. "Question" Why is there no video for such a remarkable learned skill of this. Makes me wonder about the truthfulness of this article and or maybe there is one(video) of it and I missed it,if so please provide a link...........

  7. Disregard previous post,found the video,but nothing remarkable there. It just shows the chimp using/taught how to use a lighter to light the sticks and that's about it........