Chimpanzee swats drone from sky; doesn’t like being spied on

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Chimp uses branch to knock pesky drone from the sky; video screen grab

Chimpanzees are like people in many respects, among them being that they do not appreciate their privacy being invaded.

Such seemed to be the case, anyway, involving several chimps that took exception to a drone flying in their midst at the Burgers' Zoo in the Netherlands.

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A camera attached to the drone was being used to videotape wildlife last Friday, for a zoo commercial.

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Chimp inspects fallen drone; video screen grab

The footage, however, shows one of the chimps, high in a tree, using a branch to swat the drone from the sky. Afterward, several chimps surround and begin to dismantle the device.

A description of the episode appears on the zoo's website:

"Once the drone arrived at the chimpanzee quarters the intelligent primates immediately discovered the spying little plane and right away armed themselves with long sticks against this inquisitive electronic intruder.

"One of the chimpanzees was high up in a tree with a long branch. Apparently very calm and satisfied, half asleep in the morning sun, the primate let the drone make its curious images. Until….. the drone got just a bit too close.

Like a flash the chimpanzee struck out with the long stick she had held hidden behind her body. With a direct hit the animal knocked the drone to the ground, where the group of primates quickly overpowered the ‘prey’.

"With much enjoyment they very efficiently dismantled the play thing. During the entire moment of action the camera kept rolling, so despite the completely destroyed drone this still provided some very special images!"

The video, as of Monday afternoon, had garnered more than 1 million views and was widely shared by news outlets, so it appears that the zoo, thanks to the chimp, received more publicity than it could have hoped for.

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