Gabon | In first, chimps in Loango NP found to smash open tortoises to feed upon them
Chimpanzees in Gabon’s Loango National Park have tortoises on their menu. For the first time, researchers have observed the great apes vigorously smashing forest hinge-back tortoises (Kinixys erosa) against tree trunks to try and crack open their shells and extract meat out of them. Sometimes, the chimps share the meat too, according to a study published in Scientific Reports.
“We have known for decades that chimpanzees feed on meat from a variety of animal species, but until now the consumption of reptiles has not been observed,” Tobias Deschner, a primatologist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany and co-author of the study, said in a statement.