Chimps use tools - we've known this since Jane Goodall discovered them using twigs to "fish" for termites in Gombe National Park in the 1960s. More recently, chimps in Uganda were documented using leaves or moss to soak up water so they could have a drink. Now, in a newly released video, a chimp and her baby were filmed doing something scientists can't stop talking about.
In the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in the Republic of Congo, a mother sits at the base of a termite mound and fashions a "fishing rod" by stripping the leaves from a twig. Instead of using the tool herself, she hands it to her baby. Only then does the mom make another one for herself. The baby chimp climbs higher up on the termite mound, and mimics his mom's "fishing" technique to get his own termite dinner.