Making a Fire!

by Rebecca on January 3, 2012

in Animal Pictures,Animal Stories,Animals in the News

Amazing photos of Kanzi the bonobo lighting a fire and cooking a meal from www.telegraph.co.uk

Bonobos are listed as endangered and are found only in the Democratic
Republic of the Congo, Africa. Over the last 30 years their population has
been decreasing severely due to destruction of their habitat by humans. An
old Congolese tribal legend tells that man and bonobo used to live side by
side in the forests of the Congo – but went their separate ways after humans
invented fire. Bonobos, the legends say, were able to make fire, but unlike
the humans always put their fires out and moved on. Humans wanted to keep
their fires going and so they ended up staying in villages while bonobos
continued to live in the forests.

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Kanzi gathers wood to make a fire

These extraordinary photos show a bonobo – also known as a pygmy chimpanzee
– named Kanzi collecting wood, breaking it up and putting it into a pile
before striking a match to light the fire, and then cooking his meal on the
fire.

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Kanzi breaks the wood to make fire

This 170lb male collects firewood and breaks the sticks into smaller sizes.

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Kanzi places the pan on the grill to cook his food

After arranging them in a pile…

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Kanzi uses matches to start the fire

…Kanzi, 31, ignites them with matches or a lighter and then watches the
flames take hold.

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Kanzi places the grill on the fire

Impressive enough, but then Kanzi erects a grill over his fire so he can
cook food over it using a frying pan.

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“Kanzi makes fire because he wants to,” said Dr. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh, his
main handler at the Great Ape Trust in Des Moines, Iowa, and the only
scientist ever to conduct language research with bonobos. “His fascination
began when he was a child, watching the film ‘Quest for Fire.’ The movie
was released about a year after Kanzi was born and was about early man
struggling to control fire. Kanzi watched this spellbound over and over
again.”

Read more and see more amazing photos at: The Telegraph


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