'Camera-Shy' Chimp At A Netherland Zoo Snaps Down A Drone Trying To Film The Animal [VIDEO]

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(IN PHOTO) Anfisa, a 9-year-old female chimpanzee, looks at images of other monkeys taken by a zoo employee on a tablet computer in her enclosure at the Royev Ruchey zoo in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, May 14, 2014. Zoo employees takes pictures of various animals and show it to the primates to help their development and provide variety in their life at the zoo. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

Proving the natural instinct and intelligence that animal possesses, a chimp named Tushi snapped down a noisy drone flying over its enclosure. The incident happened at the Burgers’ Zoo in Arenham, The Netherlands. The drone was reportedly being used to capture footage for a television series.

The swift action by Tushi took place when the zoo authorities had sent the drone over the home of the 14 apes. The drone was adjusted to monitor and closely capture how the apes live together with the enclosure. However, it seems that the idea was not really liked by Tushi, who got agitated sensing the intrusion into their private space.

Seeing the drone coming close to them, the 23-year-old female chimp knocked down the drone with the help of a sharp blow from a long branch of the tree. Before attacking the spying object, the alert chimp reportedly waited patiently on a tree branch, gritting her teeth.

After snapping the drone down, Tushi was captured pulling off some of its propellers before becoming disinterested and leaving the drone as is. The footage retrieved from the damaged drone shows the attempts made by the chimp to knock down the unmanned aerial vehicle.

“We can write the drone off. It costs about 2,000 euros ($2,100). Then again, it doesn't surprise that Tushi did this. She is very handy with sticks,” said zoo spokesman Bas Lukkenaar, reported The News Herald.

According to the primatologist and archaeologist, Susana Carvalho, the chimp might have behaved this way because of her aggression, however, she believes that Tushi was just curious to find out more about the flying object. Carvalho has deeply studied the behaviours of chimpanzees in Guinea.

“I see this as curiosity and exploration. She didn’t know what the drone was, it was flying low and she could reach it—so she did,” said Carvalho, reported National Geographic.

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