Meet the bonobo monkey that can light fires and roast marshmallows

Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 5:23 PM -

Intelligent animals appear to be taking over the Internet.

Earlier this week, we shared the story of Stoffel the honey badger, a virtual Houdini that has found his way out of every enclosure his care taker has created for him.

Today, we're taking a look at Kanzi the bonobo monkey -- a clever boy that has figured out how to light camp fires and roast marshmallows.

Like all apes, bonobos are incredibly intelligent.

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They are considered one of humanity's closest relatives, and primatologist Frans de Waal has argued that the bonobo is capable of altruism, compassion, empathy, kindness, patience and sensitivity.

Bonobos are endangered, largely due to habitat loss and poaching -- even in protected areas.

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