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Emily + Rishi = BFF.

Barry Bland has done other amazing photography in the past, often featuring animals. These pictures were taken at The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (TIGERS).
posted by piratebowling (40 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
Awww, look at the cute little monkey.

Nice orangutan too.
posted by dhammond at 1:26 PM on December 18, 2008 [2 favorites]


It's the last photo that got me.
posted by flibbertigibbet at 1:27 PM on December 18, 2008


As long as Rishi doesn't try to make Emily into an orangutan of the normal sort* (as to differentiate between the Librarian sort), I'll consider this cute. But if she starts cleaning her ears with her toes, I warned you.

*I read of a child and chimpanzee who were raised together, to see if the chimp would become more human. Instead, the child became more chimp-like. I can't find a reference, so you'll have to trust me on this.
posted by filthy light thief at 1:32 PM on December 18, 2008


It's a primate thing.
posted by Joe Beese at 1:32 PM on December 18, 2008


Thanks for not making us feel inadequate by not telling us everyone knows Barry Bland.
posted by gman at 1:33 PM on December 18, 2008 [1 favorite]


Does the little monkey want a banana? (Though Sunny was never offered bananas in the books, it was a cute addition to the movie.)
posted by filthy light thief at 1:35 PM on December 18, 2008


This was the opening scene to Battle for Planet of the Apes.
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:35 PM on December 18, 2008


F*ck you, baby child and baby orangutan.
posted by pfafflin at 1:39 PM on December 18, 2008 [1 favorite]


That last photograph is hilarious.
posted by chunking express at 1:40 PM on December 18, 2008


Cute pics. What is BFF?
posted by Outlawyr at 1:43 PM on December 18, 2008


Best Friends Forever
posted by samsara at 1:50 PM on December 18, 2008


I'm pretty sure that ape could rip that kid apart if he felt like it.
posted by dead cousin ted at 1:53 PM on December 18, 2008


Right turn, Clyde.
posted by not_on_display at 1:55 PM on December 18, 2008


Awww.
posted by jquinby at 1:57 PM on December 18, 2008


Thanks samsara.
posted by Outlawyr at 1:59 PM on December 18, 2008


Correct me if I'm wrong, but at that age won't the orangutan learn faster than the baby girl? I want to observe them.
posted by Citizen Premier at 2:06 PM on December 18, 2008


Best orangutan moment since Babe: Pig in the City
posted by Iridic at 2:15 PM on December 18, 2008


Cute pics. What is BFF?

Ask Paris.
posted by gman at 2:35 PM on December 18, 2008


Cute? Sure. That is, unless you've read "The Murders in the Rue Morgue".
posted by Atom Eyes at 2:59 PM on December 18, 2008 [3 favorites]


It's a good thing I know how to touch-type. That link was so cute that I poked out my own eyes.
posted by pazazygeek at 3:00 PM on December 18, 2008


Awww, look at the cute little monkey.

Nice orangutan too.


I thought the same thing when I noticed the file name on the pics (monkey201.jpg...)--the orangutan is an ape, so SHE must be the monkey.

We call our 15 mo "monkey" all the time.
posted by dontoine at 3:25 PM on December 18, 2008


The underlining on the links made me think this was going to be about the British Electric Foundation. And Garry Glitter singing Suspicious Minds is much more fun than this.

(It's sort of cute, I suppose, but I can't help be disturbed by the idea of a grubby animal near a little baby. Full disclosure: I'd kick a puppy in the face before I let it lick mine.)
posted by jack_mo at 3:32 PM on December 18, 2008


I have to agree with dead cousin ted, it's all cute until Rishi goes all apesh*t on Emily.

Then it's every which way but cute.
posted by sentinel chicken at 3:34 PM on December 18, 2008


Full disclosure: I'd kick a puppy in the face before I let it lick mine.

Helicopter parenting much? Seriously, there's protecting your children from scary animals, and that's good, but don't make them afraid of the world or germs. That can cause them to grow up paranoid, overly-sheltered, and immuno-compromised.

The Emily and Rishi pictures are cute now, but when he's getting closer to 3, and is bigger than she is, it's going to be a sad day when they need to separate them for her safety. I hope that's the only sadness that comes of it, I'd hate to fear the worst.
posted by explosion at 3:49 PM on December 18, 2008


Aw, now I want one. A baby orangutan - not a human baby.
posted by tinatiga at 3:50 PM on December 18, 2008


Helicopter parenting much?

Er, I don't have kids; maybe I'll get a bit more laissez-faire about human-animal tongue-based interaction if I do. Either that or I'll pass on my perfectly sensible distaste for animals licking people. (It's not just a germ thing, it's that you can never tell what animals are going to do from one moment to the next - I'd have the same qualms about an obviously deranged or high person trying to lick my face.)
posted by jack_mo at 4:27 PM on December 18, 2008


Toddlers in the Rue Morgue
posted by DU at 4:31 PM on December 18, 2008 [1 favorite]


I don't have kids; maybe I'll get a bit more laissez-faire about human-animal tongue-based interaction if I do.

I'm not aware of a single recorded case of someone getting more laissez-faire going from 0 to 1 child. For all further increases, the laissezicity index reverses.
posted by DU at 4:34 PM on December 18, 2008


I'm writing the Disney script for this movie right now. It revolves around how in 16 years Emily will have to explain to Rishi the Orangutan that she needs to be with her own kind now. It will culminate in a climactic scene of both of them at the prom with Rishi finally learning a hard life lesson and letting her go to be with the amazingly cute guy who wasn't even in the first two acts.

Of course I know this will most likely be rejected by Disney, which is why I am writing an alternative ending that ends in a love that dare not speak its name!
posted by cjorgensen at 6:13 PM on December 18, 2008 [1 favorite]


I smiled a lot viewing this and then tried to understand why. I can't stand to see people, or animals suffer. This little monkey had been rejected and just wanted some contact and acceptance. Warms the heart.

I have had a family of mice move into my home as the snow has started to fall. The 'humane pest' guy came over and put the old fashion mousetraps out. After watching two mice get caught in the (and making my wife and kids very upset with me), I fired him and went out and bought some 'humane' traps that can be carried somewhere so you can let the mice go. Now I just have to figure out where to do that if I catch any tonight.
posted by UseyurBrain at 7:01 PM on December 18, 2008


you can never tell what animals are going to do from one moment to the next

Those who have been around animals enough know that this simply isn't true. They signal emotions as clearly as humans do, if you pay attention. (Yes, I volunteer at an animal shelter.)
posted by vitia at 8:03 PM on December 18, 2008


Why is everyone so icked out about an animal licking a human? I wash my hands as much or probably more than the next person, but this manufactured fear of germs totally makes me crazy.
posted by gingembre at 10:16 PM on December 18, 2008


My uncle is blind in one eye thanks to that manufactured fear of germs, it has nothing whatsoever to do with toxocariasis.

(I hate the manufactured fear of germs too, especially the paranoid throwing away of perfectly good food, but I'm just not into an animal that has recently licked its own bits or heartily sniffed some shit putting its tongue on my face. Seems pretty reasonable.)
posted by jack_mo at 12:04 AM on December 19, 2008


If that TIGERS place is about preservation, why do they wear circus costumes? But, I have to say, I love the liger. There's a beast that looks like it ought to become dominant. And I really believe that programs that allow ordinary folks to come in real contact with 'fearsome' beasts like big cats really do preservation a huge favor.

As for licking: You haven't lived until you've been licked in the face by a lion.
posted by Goofyy at 2:19 AM on December 19, 2008


One day later, and that last picture is still fucking awesome. It may be the greatest picture in the history of pictures.
posted by chunking express at 6:30 AM on December 19, 2008


Agreed. I can't express how much it warmed my sad heart.
posted by Dr-Baa at 7:01 AM on December 19, 2008


gingembre: Why is everyone so icked out about an animal licking a human?

DAMN YOU CHARLES M. SCHULZ!!!

posted by not_on_display at 7:19 AM on December 19, 2008




Metafilter: an animal that has recently licked its own bits or heartily sniffed some shit putting its tongue on my face.
posted by jquinby at 8:40 AM on December 19, 2008


It's Dec 30th. That photograph is still fucking awesome.
posted by chunking express at 11:39 AM on December 30, 2008


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