November 12, 2004 1:15 PM   Subscribe

International Orangutan Awareness Week. Won't somebody please think of the orangutans?
posted by homunculus (5 comments total)
At the Henry Vilas zoo in Madison, WI I used to visit the orangutans on a more-than-weekly basis.

As I continued to visit them, the baby would start coming up to me and playing patty-cake against the glass - when I put my hand there, it'd put its hand there, and the adult male would plop himself down directly in front of me and point.

When the baby was younger, the mother would actually come up to me and hold it in front of me - a lot like a human mother - "look how big he's getting!"
posted by u.n. owen at 1:45 PM on November 12, 2004

mmm, orangutan....
posted by zelphi at 2:17 PM on November 12, 2004

Of course you all know that one of the largest great ape facilities in North America is located right here in Iowa?
posted by jaronson at 3:47 PM on November 12, 2004

posted by Ruki at 3:56 PM on November 12, 2004

thanks homunculus. i'd like there to be wild orangutans when my cool little nephew is my age ... im sending some dough.
posted by specialk420 at 4:11 PM on November 12, 2004

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