No monkey business here! Shocking video captures the moment a Colombian white-faced capuchin uses a sharpened stone to smash its glass cage in China
Footage of a monkey in a glass enclosure in China reveals the moment the primate desperately smashed a pane with a sharpened rock in an attempt to escape.
The animals are exceptionally intelligent and it is unknown what triggered the animal's distress, besides being in captivity.
Viewed more than 17 million times on social media the video shows the unsettling moment which happened at the Zhengzhou Zoo in Central China's Henan Province on 20th August.
The footage shows the zoo's resident Colombian white-faced capuchin (Cebus capucinus) standing near the glass wall holding the big rock with both hands.
Onlookers watched on shocked as the the monkey battered the enclosure's glass boundary.
As the animal progresses in its desperate bid for freedom the cracking glass alarms the diminutive creature.
Tourist Mr Wang recalled: 'The monkey was sharpening the stone, then it started hitting it on the glass.
'The monkey scared itself away, but it came back to take another look and even touched it.'
Zhengzhou Zoo staff member Tian Shuliao told local media: 'This monkey is unlike other monkeys. This one knows how to use tools to break walnuts.
'When we feed walnuts to other monkeys, they only know to bite it.
'But it had never hit the glass before though. This is the first time. It's toughened glass, so it would never have got out.
'After it happened, we picked up all the rocks and took away all its 'weapons'.'
Tian said the glass would be replaced and that they would increase patrols to ensure no animals attempt to escape.
Bee Honest, Planet Earth, United Kingdom, 19 hours ago
Poor little thing just wants out! He looked scared tho when it did smash
AndTheWinnerIs, Hollywood, United States, 18 hours ago
They are smarter than we know......he doesn't want to be locked up & shouldn't be.
hockeyeh, Toronto, Canada, 19 hours ago
He wants to be free. That's what triggered that behavior!
i love my land, scotland, United Kingdom, 19 hours ago
They should respect that he wants out and free him.
Someone, Somewhere in Lone Star, 19 hours ago
Set it free.
Richard Deleon, Fort Lauderdale, 18 hours ago
If he can figure that out, I say set him free...
alita, new york, 17 hours ago
Imprisoned for life. Common criminals aren't treated as badly.
Iggy, chattanooga, 18 hours ago
Zoos have become places of abject animal abuse. They are out-dated and need to be closed.
Bella, London, United Kingdom, 18 hours ago
Animals should not be kept for human entertainment. It's cruel and unreasonable.
ProperAngry, Weirdo-super-Mare, United Kingdom, 17 hours ago
More intelligent than some humans I know.
chelsea, NY, 18 hours ago
Seriously - how clueless are these people. * it is unknown what triggered the animal's distress, besides being in captivity*? Really? You can't fathom taking an animal out of its natural habitat where it was free to live as God intended it to and forced it to live under artificial conditions? This is reality in every zoo and circus and laboratory on planet earth as this is being written.
CrackerAssFantastic, Las Vegas, United States, 17 hours ago
It Should be in the wild it's disgusting keeping animals locked up like this.