Today’s Video of the Day from Kyoto University shows chimpanzees searching for freshwater crabs in the rainforest of the Nimba Mountains in Guinea, West Africa.
The scientists have collected the first evidence of wild chimps catching and consuming freshwater crabs, which was primarily observed among the female and infant chimps.
“Energy and sodium levels in large crabs are comparative with ants, leading us to hypothesize that crabs may be an important year-round source of protein and salts for females – especially when pregnant or nursing – and for growing juveniles,” explained study first author Kathelijne Koops.
By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer
Video Credit: Kyoto University/ Kathelijne Koops