Colleen McCann, the Curator of Primates at the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), says these Great Apes which were studied in the Republic of Congo are very intelligent animals, but not nearly sophisticated enough to replace humans in the job market.
In her words, You shouldnt worry about your job.
Still, McCann says capturing the tool use on film is a milestone for primate research because Gorillas [in the wild] are very elusive and difficult to watch.
The primate curator says she was elated and excited to see photos of gorillas transforming wood into tools because, It shows that very little separates us from them.
Except for the poop throwing. McCann reluctantly admits that gorillas like to throw objects, and calls the act a display behavior to get a response.
She says its their way of saying, Im strong and powerful.
The gorilla photographs can be seen tomorrow (Oct. 1) on PBS Wild Chronicles.
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