November 4th, 1960 Dr. Jane Goodall observes chimpanzees creating tools, the first-ever observation in non-human animals: 'The great moment took place on Friday, November 4. Since Short had gone into Kigoma on an errand, Jane was wandering in the mountains on her own. She started up the Kakombe valley behind her camp, but, following the auditory tr...ail of cries and hoots, she moved north, walking on a high ridge trail above the Linda valley. She was passing within 100 yards of a termite mound when, at 8:15, she happened to notice a black object in front of the mound. Jane didn't remember seeing a tree stump there, as the journal indicates, and so she looked more closely and realized it was a chimp. I quickly dropped down, & crawled through the sparse dry grass until I reached a tree with greenery sprouting at the base.Looking through the screen of those leaves, she observed the ape, about 50 yards away, picking up things from the termite mound and putting them in his mouth. Eating. His back was turned toward her. Jane carefully moved around to get a better view, while the chimp turned around, facing her - but still not aware, apparently, that he was being watched.'
Jane Goodall: The Woman Who Redefined Man, Dale Peterson
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