Orangutans use water as a tool

HAMBURG - Orangutans are clever enough to use water as a problem-solving tool just the way humans do, according to German experts using an experiment inspired by Aesop's Fables.

HAMBURG - Orangutans are clever enough to use water as a problem-solving tool just the way humans do, according to German experts using an experiment inspired by Aesop's Fables.

When presented with a peanut floating deep down inside a transparent tube, the animals spat their drinking water into the tube to raise the treat to the top, where they could grab it.

Researchers say the study is novel because it shows the insightful use of a liquid tool by a non-human primate. The results were published in New Scientist magazine. - Sapa

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