Clever chimpanzee, 18, washes clothes for his keeper at Chinese zoo after observing workers doing it

A CLEVER chimpanzee was spotted washing clothes for his keeper at a Chinese zoo after observing other workers doing it.

Yuhui, an 18-year-old male chimpanzee, spent half an hour cleaning a white T-shirt with a brush and a bar of soap, his keeper said.

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Yuhui was then seen soaping up the brush while his sister watched him on top of a set of workout bars[/caption]

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After getting enough foam on the clothing as well as his hands, the clip shows Yuhui putting the t-shirt back to water to rinse[/caption]

Video footage provided by the zoo shows the chimp looking back to check on his sibling before picking up the brush and the soap.

Yuhui was then seen soaping up the brush while his sister watched him on top of a set of workout bars.

After getting enough foam on the clothing as well as his hands, the clip shows Yuhui putting the t-shirt back to water to rinse.

The clever chimp was then seen wringing it and laying it on the edge of the boulder, before repeating the process several times over.

The animal was caught doing the chore final Friday on the Lehe Ledu Theme Park in Chongqing, south-western China.

Yuhui’s laundry session lasted for half an hour while his keeper was preparing food for him and his sister.

‘HE WATCHED ME NONSTOP’

The zookeeper, surnamed Xu, said she noticed the curious primate intently observing her scrubbing her clothes in basin.

She decided to leave a t-shirt, soap and brush beside a small pool of water in the animal’s enclosure, just to see what would happen.

She told Ecns: “I never intended to teach him, but he watched me nonstop so I wondered if he would do it on his own.”

Chimpanzees share 99 per cent of DNA with human beings and are our closest living relatives on earth.

A study from last year revealed that chimpanzees keep their beds cleaner than humans.

The apes build hygienic tree nests out of fresh branches and leaves each night.

And they contain fewer “dirty” bacteria shed by skin than the unchanged sheets of their adolescent human relatives.

But the US study found no more than a handful of fleas and lice.

And the nests were far less likely to harbour bacteria left by the occupants’ own bodies than our beds.

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Yuhui’s laundry session lasted for half an hour while his keeper was preparing food for him and his sister[/caption]

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The clever chimp was then seen wringing it and laying it on the edge of the boulder[/caption]


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