Animal Behavior

Behavioral Ecology

Can animals use tools?

A tool can be defined as any object used by an animal to perform a specific task. Chimpanzees carefully select twigs that they then prepare as probes to fish out termites from mounds. Sea otters use rocks to crack open clamshells. Birds will drop clams onto rocks to crack their shells, and crows will use sticks to pry out insects from a hole. Japanese macaques use the sea to wash sand off food items.


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