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Chimpanzees have favourite ‘tool set’ for hunting staple food of army ants

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Chimpanzees have favourite ‘tool set’ for hunting staple food of army ants New research shows that chimpanzees search for the right tools from a key plant species when preparing to 'ant dip' - a crafty technique enabling them to feas

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New research shows that chimpanzees search for the right tools from a key plant species when preparing to ‘ant dip’ - a crafty technique enabling them to feast on army ants without getting bitten. In the first clip, a female chimpanzee is shown 'ant-dipping' using the ideal tool made from the shrub Alchornea hirtella as a male chimpanzee looks on with envy. The second clip captures a chimpanzee who has constructed a tool with which to investigate the camera itself. Find out more: http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/chimpanzees-have-favourite-tool-set-for-hunting-staple-food-of-army-ants