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using a tool

Orangutan from Borneo photographed using a spear tool to fish

29 TuesdayApr 2008

Posted by Kambiz Kamrani in Anthropology, Blog, Orangutan, Photo


Tags borneo, carel van schaik, gerd schuster, Orangutan, thinks of the jungle, tool use

Tool use among orangutans was first documented by Carel van Schaik. In 1994, Carel observed orangutans developing tools to help themselves eat, while conducting field work in Gunung Leuser National Park, in the northwest Sumatra.

Specifically the orangutans were using sticks to pry open pulpy fruits that have “Plexiglas needles” capable of delivering a painful jab covering them. Using the tools, the orangutans were getting past handling the prickly husk and into the nutritious fruit. From an anthropological viewpoint, tool use represents an aspect of culture, since the entire group participates in a behavior that has developed over time. One unique thing to clarify is that only Sumatran orangutans have been observed to use tools, not orangutans from Borneo.

Recently, Gerd Schuster co-author of Thinkers of the Jungle: The Orangutan Report, took this photograph of,

“a male orangutan, clinging precariously to overhanging branches, flails the water with a pole, trying desperately to spear a passing fish…

The extraordinary image, a world exclusive, was taken in Borneo on the island of Kaja…

This individual had seen locals fishing with spears on the Gohong River.

Although the method required too much skill for him to master, he was later able to improvise by using the pole to catch fish already trapped in the locals’ fishing lines.”

Pretty awesome image, no? If you wanna read more about orangutan tool use, here are three papers on the topic:

    • Schaik, C.P., Fox, E.A., Sitompul, A.F. (1996). Manufacture and use of tools in wild Sumatran orangutans. Naturwissenschaften, 83(4), 186-188. DOI:


    • Call, J., Tomasello, M. (1994). The social learning of tool use by orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus). Human Evolution, 9(4), 297-313. DOI:


    • van Schaik, C.P. (2003). Orangutan Cultures and the Evolution of Material Culture. Science, 299(5603), 102-105. DOI:


Intelligence is most certainly not limited to Homo Sapiens Sapiens.




Rockin’ mama!



implied facepalm

This image and description, rather sadly, remains preeminent in it’s revelation of the condition of our species.




Frank is a true hero and was unfortunately far too advanced for most people’s comprehension.

We Frank lovers stick together.



Monster Bird on the loose in Scotland leaving victims drenched in blood

D. Hatswell #BBRUK Creature Reports #BBR
Published on Jul 5, 2019

A MONSTER bird that left a man soaked in blood is on the loose in the outskirts of Aberdeen. The mystery raptor, which divebombs walkers and cyclists, is believed to have escaped from a local falconer.…

Just imagine if we are suddenly living back in the day and this is a serious, every day fact of constant concern! Wasnt all that long ago and in some places, it still is. Huge birds are so cool.



Source: desirderata

Wow, to live this scene… that’d be justifiably Jaw dropping. That’s just so lovely.



Super Fleet Bridge 873.8

Super Fleet on Bridge 873.8 by Moffat Road on Flickr.

Mike Danneman

Super Fleet on Bridge 873.8

Late in the afternoon of June 1, 1995, a westbound Santa Fe intermodal crosses Bridge 873.8 east of Sais in New Mexico’s Abo Canyon. A trio of GEs in Super Fleet warbonnet dress power the train—C40-8W Nos. 943 and 933, and C44-9W No. 631.

From chillypepperhothothot