A Monkey Has Been Filmed Sharpening A Rock To Smash Glass And Escape Zoo

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in News, Weird
Published 27.08.19

This monkey actually managed to sharpen a rock so it could smash the window of the zoo exhibit it was being kept in.

People always go on about how monkeys are smart, don’t they, but then you see them showing their sh*t around and w*nking off in trees and you think, “how smart though?”

With that said, when I went to Gibraltar to see the monkeys as a child, there was one called Chucky who could unlock the warden’s car and go inside to retrieve a bag of crisps. That was fairly smart for an animal, I suppose. I wouldn’t comment a person for doing that but I suppose you have to make allowances.


This monkey though, bloody hell it’s got some tricks up its sleeves, hasn’t it?

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How did the monkey try to escape from the zoo?

The little guy essentially made a prison shiv, but rather than use it to become top boy in the yard – like Big Stan – it used it in a bid to escape – like Andy Dufresne.

Filmed at the Zhengzhou Zoo in Central China’s Henan Province on 20th August, a Colombian white faced capuchin monkey can be see brandishing a sharpened rock, before striking the glass of its enclosure repeatedly until it smashes.


Shocked the glass actually smashed though, the monkey then runs off like an idiot. Maybe it was going to round up the troops to help it along but it’s hard to say. Unless it then got a gorilla to run through the cracked glass and take on the guards, then I’d say it freaked out.

Chocked on its own ambitions, you could say.

Tourist Mr Wang spoke of the incident, recalling:

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.”

Meanwhile, 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’.

Just let it go? Would it survive? I reckon so. It has a knife.

As long as we don’t make any of those human-monkey hybrids, I think we’re safe.

Images via AsiaWire, Getty