Kanzi the 31-year-old bonobo chimpanzee knows how to start a fire and cook his own food. Kanzi particularity enjoys roasting marshmallows over an open fire. The amazingly smart pygmy chimp lives under the care of Dr. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh of the Great Ape Trust in Des Moines, Iowa, where scientists taught him to use matches.
According to the Daily Mail report, this is the first time a bonobo ape has developed this skill.
“Kanzi makes fire because he wants to. He used to watch the film ‘Quest for Fire’ when he was very young, which was about early man struggling to control fire. He watched it spellbound over and over hundreds of times,” Savage-Rumbaugh said.
The ability to control fire marks a major evolutionary step that helped improve humans’ diets, propelling the species toward the development of larger brains, more sophisticated means of communication, and eventually world domination.
Chimpanzees may not be so far behind – Kanzi is teaching his son Teco how to make fires too.