Watch A Chimp Hit Evolution Lightspeed after Learning Sticks Can be Weapons In Battle

Written by Kirstin Harrington
Updated: October 19, 2023
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Along with gorillas, orangutans, bonobos, and humans, chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), often known as chimps, are one of our closest living relatives and are classified as big apes. Humans and chimpanzees have 98.7% of the same DNA and share many characteristics. They are renowned for being gregarious, violent, and intellectual animals that exist in advanced cultures.

Being highly social creatures, chimpanzees live in groups of 10 to 180 called communities. When females reach breeding age, they can relocate to nearby villages while males remain in the birth community. Male chimpanzees will kill individuals from other communities in order to protect their area from nearby chimp tribes. 

The only other creature capable of planned attacks on one another is the chimpanzee. This warlike conduct, which was seen by renowned primatologist Jane Goodall among others, refuted the idea that modern humans first engaged in conflict.

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Visitors at the Los Angeles Zoo always seem to get a show when they stop by the primate exhibit. These chimpanzees are known for being rowdy and on this day, one of them discovered you can make a weapon out of just about anything. 

With video footage as proof, we can see a bunch of chimps loudly fighting as onlookers stand in shock. Eventually, one of them climbs on top of a rock sculpture and finds a large stick. He instantly starts swinging it around defensively like a bat. 

He wants to pick a fight and doesn’t seem to care who he’s fighting. This chimpanzee runs down the rocks and starts swinging at one of the other primates in his community. It doesn’t take long for that animal to defend himself from the blows of the stick and instantly begins throwing punches. 

Chimps in the wild are known for their anger. It’s nothing new or surprising to see several attacking each other. As a visitor to the zoo, it may be intimidating and even frightening to see it so closely. 

Going on the Defense

Despite being at the top of the food chain, tigers, cheetahs, and leopards, as well as alligators and pythons, hunt chimpanzees. To flee a predator, chimpanzees will climb lofty trees, but if that doesn’t work, they can also utilize their incredibly strong jaws and fangs.

Compared to humans, primate muscles are formed of strong, linear fibers that are located much closer to the bone. Compared to humans, it is more powerful and dense. Because chimpanzees lack the fine motor control that men do, their attacks may be more severe than they intend, sometimes killing a foe even though that was never their intention

Chimpanzees may easily take down an adversary with their powerful bite and fangs. They grab, slap, and wrestle their prey to the ground using their powerful muscles. They stomp, kick, punch, tug on the fur, and drag their victims. Chimpanzees can use their high level of intelligence to defend themselves or start a battle. 

The photo featured at the top of this post is © Norma Cornes/

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Kirstin is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering animals, news topics, fun places, and helpful tips. Kirstin has been writing on a variety of topics for over five years. She has her real estate license, along with an associates degree in another field. A resident of Minnesota, Kirstin treats her two cats (Spook and Finlay) like the children they are. She never misses an opportunity to explore a thrift store with a coffee in hand, especially if it’s a cold autumn day!

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