Group to Group

Wild chimpanzees pick up ant-fishing behavior from a female immigrant

By Erin Wayman, 10:41 AM January 24, 2013

Photographer Bill Wallauer was following a group of chimpanzees in Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park one March day when a young female caught his eye. She had climbed a tree, inserted a thin, peeled branch into a hole and was fishing out carpenter ants. Wallauer, of the Jane Goodall Institute, took out his video camera and filmed the chimp as she slurped up insects for several minutes.

What Wallauer witnessed wasn’t supposed to happen. Though chimps in other areas use tools to collect c...

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