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Ape builds fire and toasts marshmallows in amazing BBC video

Ape Builds A Fire And Toasts Marshmallows In Amazing BBC Video

An ape at the Iowa Primate Learning Sanctuary makes an incredible demonstration of ape intelligence on the BBC series 'Monkey Planet' by building a fire from scratch and toasting marshmallows without any human help.

Kanzim a 31-year-old bonobo chimpanzee, is already well known for his remarkable abilities to read symbols and understand novel sentences. Now, he's demonstrating his intelligence by actually building a fire from scratch (well, almost). Once the fire is going, he gently pushes marshmallows onto a stick and chows down on the delicious snack.

"It was a pivotal moment in history that separated man from other primates," Barcroft explains in a photo caption. "Over a million years ago humankind began to conquer its fear of fire and use it as a tool. But now one special ape ... at the Great Ape Trust in Des Moines, Iowa - is showing us just how close we really are."

The only thing he has yet to master is the whole wait-a-second-before-the-treats-cool-down thing ... but then again, most humans could use a lesson in that, too.

Check out the full video here

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gstar April 22 2014 at 6:58 AM

so cool!

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winky_dink April 21 2014 at 7:38 PM

Does this guy have a "Green Card"?

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oujoou April 22 2014 at 4:12 AM

It's his love of marshmallows that makes him special. :) A LOT of people don't know how to cook for themselves. They don't want to wash the pots afterward. They want to eat right away when they get home. This is what any peaceful animal can learn to do if there are no predators and they are left to their own devices. Maybe move his home closer to a marshmallow factory . . . and I'm certain he can learn how to drive there. :)

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bonnwright April 22 2014 at 5:43 AM

I hope they are watching him all the time now that they taught him how to set fires.

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bobparks77 bonnwright April 22 2014 at 6:09 AM


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frozenbull April 22 2014 at 6:39 AM

He must have been a Boyscout in his youth .

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ohiohikingstick April 22 2014 at 7:33 AM

Someone needs to show Dave Canterbury (Dual Survival and Pathfinders School), this video, he is all about fire from scratch. Dave runs a Self Reliance / Survival School in Southern Ohio where he teaches how to make primative fire techniques. along with other basic survival skills. He also displays many Youtube Videos on the skills needed.

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cleos2000 April 22 2014 at 7:40 AM

Is there any doubt that humans share a heritage with the great apes?I am not surprised at their intelligence and we could take a lesson from the animals anyway.

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qtxusa cleos2000 April 22 2014 at 8:48 AM

You obviously have not spent much time in the wild. Animals are vicious and without remorse. Monkeys will eat other monkeys. Did you know that? Most animals deaths are the result of being eaten alive.

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Linda B April 22 2014 at 7:47 AM

To quote Mark Twain, "God made monkeys because he was disappointed in man."

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Amy April 22 2014 at 7:52 AM

I love these creatures. They are amazing and beautiful.

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Amy April 22 2014 at 7:53 AM

Love these creatures.........amazing and beautiful.

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