What animals other than humans have been known to use tools?



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    Otters! They break shellfish on rocks. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, really. There are other animals that have been recorded as using tools, such as the veined octopus which has been making its rounds on internet virals picking up discarded coconut shells and moving them to its habitat to hide in for its own defense, gorillas who use branches to ferret out insects from trees to eat, or elephants that use branches, rocks, or even that famous one that paints! Check the citations for the coconut using octopus video clip, and a list of tool-using animals.

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    In addition to limbonic’s list of tool utilizing animals, birds are known to use a variety of tools. The Woodpecker Finch of the Galapagos Islands uses a cactus spine or wood splinter to dig its prey out of trees and holes. Egyptian Vultures will drop rocks from above to crack open ostrich eggs. Birds also use ants to clean their feathers.

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