Giving as good as he gets: Chimpanzee throws dropped sandal back to zoo visitor

May 21, 2024

The Rise of the Planet of the Apes might not be far off: A chimpanzee at a China zoo has proven that we’re, indeed, quite alike by tossing a lost shoe that had fallen into his enclosure back to its human owner, reports the New York Post.

A guest had dropped the sandal in the primate’s paddock at the Shendiao Mountain Wildlife Park in Weihai City, Shandong Province, Newsflare first reported.

Upon noticing the misplaced footwear, a 14-year-old chimp named Dong Dong began to play with it. Distressed, the shoe’s owner implored one of the park’s staff for help.

That’s when the unthinkable happened: In a video clip, Dong Dong can be seen clutching the white footwear, which resembled a Croc, in his mouth like a chew toy as guests chuckled and marveled at the silly spectacle.

All of a sudden, the gruff voice of the keeper could be heard commanding the primate to return the shoe “quickly.” Quick as a flash, the simian samaritan tossed the sandal up with his hand, prompting onlookers to cry out in astonishment.

According to the keeper, Dong Dong is super intelligent and has returned lost items to visitors in the past.

This isn’t the first time that a chimp—our closest living relative alongside the promiscuous bonobo—has tossed something back at a zoo-goer.

In a less amicable incident last year, a man tossed a water bottle at a chimp at a Chinese zoo, only to have the animal hurl the item back into the crowd, nailing a girl in the face.

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