The janitor at Tallinn Zoo accidentally left a mop in the aviary with the chimpanzees and had to attend to other duties, leaving the task unfinished. Seizing the opportunity, one clever monkey, without hesitation, picked up the abandoned mop and took charge of tidying up its enclosure. The primate’s spontaneous initiative didn’t go unnoticed, as fellow zoo staff captured the industrious act on video.
While wild monkeys often use sticks or stones as tools, the innovative use of a mop by this chimpanzee seems to be a novel occurrence. Evidently, the keen-eyed chimpanzee had been closely observing the zoo cleaners, as it skillfully and confidently handled the mop.
Starting with the floor, the diligent monkey methodically progressed to cleaning the enclosure’s windows. Witness the entire cleaning process in the accompanying video. The cognitive prowess of chimpanzees has quickly garnered admiration from onlookers:
The cognitive prowess of chimpanzees has quickly garnered admiration from onlookers:
Impressive sweeping skills! Demonstrates a clear understanding of the dynamics of mopping and dirt, showcasing an ability to remember the entire procedure. Hand her a mop, and in just a week, she might be handling cleaning duties like a seasoned housekeeper!
While zookeepers have refrained from providing commentary on the video for now, it’s highly probable that this renowned chimpanzee will attract a surge of visitors in the days to come.