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Tool use for food acquisition in a wild mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei).
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PMID:  25452208     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
On May 14, 2013, a wild, human-habituated, juvenile female mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda was observed utilizing a tool to acquire food. The young gorilla watched an adult male use his hand to collect ants from a hole in the ground, and then quickly withdrew his hand and move away from the hole, shaking his arm to presumably remove biting ants. The juvenile female engaged in similar behavior, withdrawing her hand covered in ants, and shaking her arm vigorously. She then selected a piece of wood approximately 20 cm long and 2 cm wide at one end, 1 cm wide at the other, and proceeded to insert the stick into the hole, withdraw the stick, and then lick ants off of the stick. In contrast to the sizeable body of literature on tool use in wild chimpanzees, this is the first report of tool use for food acquisition by a wild gorilla. Am. J. Primatol. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Jean-Felix Kinani; Dawn Zimmerman
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-11-29
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of primatology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1098-2345     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Primatol.     Publication Date:  2014 Nov 
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Created Date:  2014-12-2     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  2014-12-3    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8108949     Medline TA:  Am J Primatol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
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