Weird Nature

11 Animals That Use Tools In Insanely Clever Ways

There was a time when people thought the use of tools separated complex Homo sapiens from the rest of the savage, tool-less animal kingdom. But now we know we're not nearly that special: not only are there animals that use tools, there are animals that make tools. When was the last time you made a tool?

At this very moment, there are wild animals using tools to catch food, protect their faces, defend themselves, and secure their homes. Some are simple and frankly rather obvious, such as using a rock to smash open a nut (you're not that smart, bearded capuchin monkeys!), and some are surprisingly complex (we have our eyes on you, bottlenose dolphin). Read on for some fascinating examples of animal tools you might not know about.