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9 Incredible Ways Animals Use Tools

9 Incredible Ways Animals Use Tools
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From elephants using branches as fly swatters to monkeys flossing with human hair, the animal kingdom is constantly surprising us with their unique and incredible abilities.

Tool use was once a skill attributed solely to humans. In fact, it was a defining characteristic that differentiated us from animals, but as you can see from the following feats, we’re not that different after all!

Photo Credit: Greg McMullin via Flickr

Elephants show a remarkable ability to use tools, especially when it comes using branches to repel flies. If they’re being harassed by flies, rather than accept and endure the annoyance, elephants opt to craft tools from branches to reach those hard to get areas that their trunks just can’t get to.

2. Chimpanzees Use Leaves to Help Them Drink

When chimps are feeling thirsty and they can’t reach the water because it has formed in hollows that are high up inside the tree, instead of giving up and looking for water elsewhere, they get creative. They take a handful of leaves, chew them all up to make them nice and absorbent, then use them as a sponge to collect the water by dipping them into the little pool.

3. Octopuses Use Coconut Shells as Shelter

Studies have shown octopuses have been discovered tip toeing across the sea bed with coconut halves suctioned to their lower bodies as a means of protecting themselves or deceiving any predators that they might cross paths with. This bizarre and incredible behavior has gained the veined octopus a first class ticket into the elite club of tool-using animals, and they are the first member without a backbone.

4. Crows Use Traffic to Crack Walnuts

Crows posses an extraordinary tool using ability, and Caledonian crows in particular have demonstrated astonishing skills when they fancy filling up on their omega 3s. Crows in urban Japan have figured out that if they drop their walnuts in the right spot, that the cars will do the hard work of cracking that tough nut open for them. Perhaps even more fascinating is their ingenious method of doing this nut cracking on pedestrian crossings so they can collect their winnings in safety.

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3:39AM PDT on Apr 6, 2014

Thank you

2:46PM PDT on Aug 1, 2013

while animals are incredible, i think it is sad that people seem so SHOCKED that they are (omg) intelligent. Why are we so arrogant, to think we alone can have/use/make tools. They have done it longer. Why do we think we are so much better? WE are the ones destroying EVERYthing

7:52PM PDT on Jul 26, 2013

Animals are way smarter than humans give them credit for.....animals are the superior species not humans.

8:36AM PDT on Jul 17, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

6:05AM PDT on Jul 14, 2013

clever,thank you for sharing 14/7

6:47PM PDT on Jun 17, 2013

Smart animals.

8:48AM PDT on Jun 16, 2013

Incredible, Yes.

1:17AM PDT on Jun 15, 2013

The #3 -Octopus: Make him the second member without backbone. #1 is Homo Politicus.

10:54PM PDT on Jun 14, 2013


4:03AM PDT on Jun 14, 2013

We all can learn from them

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