Chimpanzee Tool Use and Jamie’s Smartness

July 18th, 2015 by Diana

We all know by now that chimpanzees are really smart. And, if you are familiar with Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest, you know that boss Jamie chimpanzee often shows off her intellect. Sometimes she even impresses those of us in the know, however.

Case in point: the other day I was doing a perimeter walk with Jamie and she turned back to gather two big tumbleweeds. At first I wasn’t sure what she was doing – she doesn’t usually pick up tumbleweeds on our walks. Plus they were rather awkward to carry. They kept slipping out of her hand as they scraped against the ground, but, each time, she would pick them back up and continue the walk.

Jamie gathering tumbleweed

At one point she stood up bipedally and put one of the tumbleweeds in her mouth for easier carrying. She also took a good long look at the boots I was wearing, and I became clued in to her plans.

Jamie bipedal with tumbleweed

When the walk was complete, I met her and her tumbleweeds in the greenhouse. Jamie pulled up the big black tub to sit on.

Jamie altering tumble weed

And then she proceeded to alter one of the tumbleweeds to her liking:

Once she was satisfied with her tool, she pushed it through the caging and began to groom the boot I was wearing (which, of course, she had picked out prior to our walk).

Jamie grooming boot

Imagine the forethought that it took for her to go through the process of seeing an unruly tumbleweed well before the walk was finished to the grooming session that she imagined would happen minutes later. She’s one smart cookie!

7 Responses to “Chimpanzee Tool Use and Jamie’s Smartness”

  1. Joseph G. says:

    Jamie demonstrates her highly evolved intellect once again. You go girl.

  2. Jackie says:

    The lovely Jamie, beauty and brains! Love all the chimps! They are amazing!

  3. Lorraine says:

    She must have really suffered all those years in a cage !

  4. Dalyce Kowalski says:

    Such a clever girl – wonderful to see!

  5. Rita Tanzi-Stevenson says:

    Jamie is brilliant ~ and a true original ~

  6. Kathleen says:

    Jamie is so smart it almost pains me. The minute you said she took a good look at your boots I knew what she brewing up. You should send this series of photos and video to Mr. Steven Wise — perhaps Jamie can be the one to finally convince the NY judiciary system that chimpanzees are intelligent beings that clearly deserve rights. Jamie is the poster child for Personhood! ; )