Man of the Forest

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One of my ALL-TIME favorite animals is the orangutan. These “red apes” are one of our closest living relatives. After recently observing a mother and baby I found out that they even act like us too! For instance: Did you know that mosquitoes bother orangutans just like they do humans and they will use branches like fly swatters to swish them away?

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Just like a young child, this orangutan was enjoying himself by playing with this bottle cap (don’t worry; it was given to him as enrichment by his keepers). *** Did you know that baby orangutans cry when they’re hungry, whimper when they’re hurt and smile at their mothers?

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In captivity, for security and comfort, orangutans will even cover themselves up with a blanket!*** Did you know that in the wild when it rains or the sun is hot an orangutan will hold a leafy branch or two over its head to protect itself from getting wet or overheated?

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Orangutans are primarily arboreal and spend the majority of their lives up in the trees.  *** Did you know that an orangutan arms can have a reach of more than 8 feet!? At this time orangutans can still be found swinging around the trees in the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra.

For more information about orangutans please visit www.stlzoo.org