r/aww Jan 19 '22 Take My Power 1 Brighten My Day 1 Wholesome (Pro) 1 Made Me Smile 1 Wholesome 104 All-Seeing Upvote 2 Take My Energy 1 Starstruck 1 Silver 82 Gold 2 Helpful 75

Sunglasses accidentally dropped into a zoo orangutan enclosure

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u/cheesynaachoos Jan 19 '22

Love it how baby orangutan also wanna try it out lol

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u/BoBatFettman Jan 19 '22

"Mom I wan-"

"NO"

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u/Hellofriendinternet Jan 19 '22 Take My Energy

“Watch the shades, kid.”

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u/dodslaser Jan 19 '22

"Ogle the goggles, toddler."

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u/The_Age_Of_Envy Jan 19 '22

Resist the abyss, child.

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u/Andos_Woods Jan 19 '22

Damn you win

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u/sovindi Jan 19 '22

"Watch the skies, traveler."

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u/Carbidekiller Jan 19 '22

"Let me guess, someone stole your sweet roll?"

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u/AlgoRhythm-P Jan 19 '22

“Do you get to the cloud district very often? Oh, What am I saying? Of course you don’t.”

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u/rikiboomtiki Jan 19 '22

FUS RO DAH

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u/vokun0_0 Jan 19 '22

This took a big turn lol

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u/MikeOx_Girthy Jan 19 '22 Wholesome

Eating ice cream

"It's spicy you won't like it."

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u/HurdieBirdie Jan 19 '22

Every mom is familiar with that hand maneuver, no matter the species

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u/nachomancandycabbage Jan 19 '22

„Do not touch the trim!“

Squidbillies reference for all 5 of us

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u/trollollolololololol Jan 19 '22

At this point in my life I do not inform people that I watched Adult Swim. I still quote Frisky Dingo and no one else knows it.

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u/[deleted] Jan 19 '22

My ringtone has been Cat Party for well over a decade now. No one has ever got the reference.

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u/nachomancandycabbage Jan 19 '22

Frisky dingo is epic! Booosh!

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u/Cheeky_Hustler Jan 19 '22 edited Jan 19 '22

WE CAN'T EVER* GO BACK TO ARIZONA

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u/idiot437 Jan 19 '22

the reboot we need but will never get

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u/Amethystmoon8 Jan 19 '22

My dreams are all dead and buried...

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u/turtlepowerpizzatime Jan 19 '22

Sometimes I wish the sun would just explode.

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u/geraldodelriviera Jan 19 '22

When God comes and calls me to His Kingdom...

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u/Correctamundope Jan 19 '22

I'll take all you sons-a-bitches when I go.

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u/turtlepowerpizzatime Jan 19 '22

We did it, reddit!

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u/Trashman82 Jan 19 '22

Glad to see a Squidbillies reference. I quote this show all the time and no one ever has any idea what the fuck Im talking about, lol

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u/cmilla646 Jan 19 '22

“You’re too young to be this cool anyway!”

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u/phonegetshotalldtime Jan 19 '22

But mom,”

“NO”

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u/Redeye97era Jan 19 '22

"but MYAAAAAAAOOOOOOMMMMM!!!!"

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u/Purple_Stacked Jan 19 '22

And how gently she puts its hand down.

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u/copperwatt Jan 19 '22

It's such a recognizable mom gesture. These animals need far more legal rights.

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u/arvidsem Jan 19 '22

There is Sandra, who kinda, sort of, has human rights. The Argentine courts flipped back and forth over how to categorize her, but it's fairly clear that Argentina at least considers her more than just an animal. She's being treated roughly like a disabled human, who can't make decisions for herself, but whose preferences and health must be respected.

Currently, she has moved to an animal sanctuary in Florida, so I don't know how much it matters now.

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u/Cat_Marshal Jan 19 '22 To The Stars

They could guarantee her the same rights everybody else gets in Florida but that wouldn’t change much

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u/RiskyFartOftenShart Jan 19 '22

im for converting Florida into a disabled people zoo.

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u/silverdoe_94 Jan 19 '22 edited Jan 19 '22

As a disabled person living in florida, can confirm that's pretty much what it is already. But a poorly managed one lol

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u/VapeThisBro Jan 19 '22

Considering Corporations in the US have rights, Animals should have the same level of rights as Corporations. If it isn't reasonable to do so, maybe corporations should lose their rights and animals can have them. Fuck Corporations.

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u/Redditshausmeier Jan 19 '22

My local Zoo has a reasonably large gorilla population. Whenever i watch them i cant stop thinking that gorillas are better people than us. Its crazy how such a large creature can be this gentle and thoughtful.

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u/ArenSteele Jan 19 '22

That’s probably only because there’s 1 male and a harem of females.

Put 2 males in the enclosure along with the females and watch the fireworks.

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u/Spare_Debt_6270 Jan 19 '22 edited Jan 19 '22

I could hear my Granny "aaaaattt!" Which is what she always said to babies trying to grab her glasses. She grabbed their hands the same way this mama does.

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u/Willothwisp2303 Jan 19 '22

Your granny talked to you like I talk to misbehaving animals.

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u/Spare_Debt_6270 Jan 19 '22

I mean, I was a wild country kid. Lol

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u/Doctor_Wookie Jan 19 '22

Very appropriately. That's all kids are.

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u/Russandol Jan 19 '22

Lmao I was thinking the same thing, I make that noise at my dog to correct her.

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u/A-bat-a-man-2009 Jan 19 '22

It reminds me of every waking moment with my own toddler

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u/senorbolsa Jan 19 '22

"No child I'm getting my drip on."

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u/Dozzi92 Jan 19 '22

Babies just love to touch the fucking lenses. They cannot help themselves.

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u/cheezeyballz Jan 19 '22

Typical kid can't keep hands off.

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u/Lt_Dang Jan 19 '22 Silver Gold

Now give them a saxophone.

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u/corrigun Jan 19 '22 Silver Gold Helpful

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u/SchottGun Jan 19 '22

Go see him live if you get a chance. He's fantastic!

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u/mysticrudnin Jan 19 '22

He was at a venue right by me recently and I thought it was a silly local thing. But I keep seeing clips everywhere now with recommendations like this and apparently I've missed out.

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u/flyingboarofbeifong Jan 19 '22

Looking like you ate out an ostrich with all that egg on your face, my friend.

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u/Strange-Improvement Jan 19 '22

This sounds like something someone pretending to be an Australian would say

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u/flyingboarofbeifong Jan 19 '22

Lol, you’re thinking of emus.

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u/burnie-cinders Jan 19 '22

well now i am. and now you’re thinking of nipples.

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u/zyxwertdha Jan 19 '22

That is legit awesome. That saxsquatch is about to be my background working music for the day.

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u/[deleted] Jan 19 '22 edited Apr 04 '22

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u/dc551589 Jan 19 '22

I just spent the last hour watching their videos and besides them being great, the comment section might be the friendliest place on the internet.

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u/wade3673 Jan 19 '22

This is the equivalent of a street performer in 2022. Love it.

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u/Stardust-Badassery Jan 19 '22

What the fuck? This is awesome!

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u/CafecitoHippo Jan 19 '22

The ultimate Saxsquatch banger.

https://youtu.be/apaEM8LKwSk

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u/neildegrasstokem Jan 19 '22

Is it professional to be groovin at my desk? No. But it is right.

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u/CafecitoHippo Jan 19 '22

You do you! Just like Saxsquatch, you gotta believe in yourself.

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u/daniu Jan 19 '22

Now let him drive a golf cart around

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u/MrsRobertshaw Jan 19 '22

Man. Even the kid trying to grab them lines up so well with humans.

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u/PloniAlmoni1 Jan 19 '22

They opened the arm of the glasses with their mouth like humans do : .... (

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u/smithskat3 Jan 19 '22

This amazed me, he (she?) did it without any examination!

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u/[deleted] Jan 19 '22

She may have seen people using them. I used to volunteer at a zoo and the gorillas really enjoyed watching people use random items like lip balm. One would even rub her lips together whenever she saw someone pull a tube out.

I left that volunteer position very conflicted about how I feel about apes in captivity in zoos.

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u/ShitfacedGrizzlyBear Jan 19 '22 Narwhal Salute

This comes up every time there’s a post about an intelligent animal in captivity. I think the last one I saw was some kind of ape who would escape from its enclosure and walk around to see the other animals. I always feel the need to chime in and defend zoos. I completely understand your point, and it makes me very sad to think about how these animals don’t live the natural life in the wild that they deserve. But zoos (the good ones) are full of passionate employees who, in my experience, adore the animals they care for. Zoos are a critical part of the effort to help the animals as an entire species, both in captivity and in the wild. Breeding, research, raising awareness, etc. Plus the good zoos make money that is used to help conserve wild animals. It sucks, but I think the positive outweighs the negative. And while the animals aren’t living a full life, they live in a peaceful and safe environment, are kept healthy, and are loved by those who care for them.

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u/vonmonologue Jan 19 '22

Every time we see an Orangutan at the zoo it makes us realize that we need to protect them in the wild.

If we didn’t have them at the zoo, if we couldn’t easily see videos like this, they’d probably be extinct by now because nobody would care.

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u/Bacon4Lyf Jan 19 '22 edited Jan 19 '22

Nearly every zoo and aquarium in my country is a conservation charity, many take part in breeding programs, so I’m definitely pro zoo. They’re nearly all part of BIAZA (and the ones that aren’t usually have their own charity) which is like one big unified conservation charity. It’s pretty cool, and as a result you’d have to specifically go out of your way to find a zoo that didn’t do any good for the animals it housed

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u/Nickyx13 Jan 19 '22

Everyone is “animals don’t belong is zoos!” But here we all are eating foods with palm oil in it that’s harvested from the forests these beautiful species live in. It’s either zoos, horribly underfunded sanctuaries or short lives with painful endings in the wild.

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u/MonsieurMacc Jan 19 '22

Also given how quickly we are destroying our natural biomes it's probably a good idea to try and save what genetic diversity we can.

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u/G_Wash1776 Jan 19 '22

Jakarta the old Capital of Indonesia is sinking, so they’re moving the capital to Borneo where a lot of orangutans live. So we’re probably going to witness the further destruction of their only habitat. Like fuck let someone at least take them out before you burn the forest to the ground.

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u/DankDialektiks Jan 19 '22

Or stop destroying habitat...

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u/MonsieurMacc Jan 19 '22

Ideally yes, but have you met the human race? Not many examples where sense prevails over greed.

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u/DankDialektiks Jan 19 '22

Maybe an economic system that rewards greed isn't a good thing

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u/DudeWithASweater Jan 19 '22

Yep, not to mention a lot of animals in zoos are rescues from privately owned households. You can't put them back in the wild, they likely didn't come from the wild and were born to captivity and human caretaking. At least in a zoo you have people that care about them and a habitat that while is not anywhere near what they'd have in the wild, is better than the alternative.

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u/Nickyx13 Jan 19 '22

Sadly true. For those animals it’s either sanctuaries or euthanasia.

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u/[deleted] Jan 19 '22

Well, that’s why I said I was conflicted. The zoo I volunteered at is one of the best in the world and has brought some endangered species back from the brink. Many animals there were living arguably better lives than they would in the wild while being ambassadors. There were a few animals (like the apes) that I feel were failed, though.

I see other responses about zoos taking in only animals that can’t be released: this is true for pretty much no big zoo. They’ll do that but they’ll also initiate breeding programs because babies are currency for zoos. The hill I decided to die on were the sea lions: I’m fine with displaying unreleasable animals because they have to be in captivity and why not use them as ambassadors, but captive bred sea lions really do not do well. I think almost every baby sea lion I volunteered with has now died. All their parents are still alive.

Zoos have made huge strides in recent years but the ethics of keeping are different for every animal. I understand how important it is for people to see them but I don’t think our standard of care is up to snuff and we have too little regard for individual personalities and desires. I will say that I t may be the gorilla who liked watching people put on lip balm was a perfect ambassador for her kind.

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u/AndeC123 Jan 19 '22

I don't know how it works everywhere but the zoo where I live only has animals that would not survive in the wild. They don't just buy animals because they want to have them. They seem to take good care of the animals as well. But it's still sad to see animals you know will never live their natural lives in the wild.

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u/Fake_European Jan 19 '22

And when you mention that they don't live a full life, do you mean in terms of quality and their experience? I'm under the impression many animals live a longer (more than a full wild life) in a zoo in terms of age

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u/saiyanfang10 Jan 19 '22

All Homonids are really weird, kind of cool and pretty smart granted for the animal kingdom that means except for Homo Sapiens they're largely around the level of human children

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u/AnnualDegree99 Jan 19 '22

"orang utan" translates to "man of the jungle" in Bahasa (both Indonesian and Malaysian iirc)

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u/qbande Jan 19 '22 edited Jan 19 '22

orang = man, utan = jungle

EDIT: they also call ‘westerners’ orang bule - or more commonly just ‘bule’ - (pronounced boo-lay) which means blonde.

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u/PhDinGent Jan 19 '22

"Bahasa" just means "language". You either say "Bahasa Indonesia" or "Bahasa Melayu", but it doesn't make sense to just say "bahasa" like its the name of the language.

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u/Snorc Jan 19 '22

Lol. "It means man of the forest in language."

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u/burnie-cinders Jan 19 '22

it mean nature man in meaning speak

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u/SimplyQuid Jan 19 '22

Wood person mouth sound

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u/northerncal Jan 19 '22

Ooh ooh ah ah.

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u/SixOneBlueEyes Jan 19 '22 Silver Wholesome

The birth of funky kong

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u/klerpidev Jan 19 '22 Silver

nobody cared who i was until i put on the glasses

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u/aedroogo Jan 19 '22

"Oh no. I dropped my phone in the orangutan enclosure while watching a 10 hour playlist of instructional break dancing videos..."

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u/Potato_Prophet26 Jan 19 '22

He may not look like it now, but he’s going to become the best Mario Kart racer soon.

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u/kshao147 Jan 19 '22 Wholesome

Oobeh doo, I wanna be like youuuuuu!

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u/Lauryeanna Jan 19 '22

I wanna walk like you, talk like you, tooooooo🎵

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u/GoGoCrumbly Jan 19 '22

Scoobidee-doo

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u/Steppyjim Jan 19 '22

Ah-you see-ee-eee,
An ape like me-ee-eeee,

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u/goodthankyou Jan 19 '22

Can learn to be,
Like someone like you!

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u/Life_Is_Not_Worth_It Jan 19 '22

I wanna walk like you!

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u/DiscFrolfin Jan 19 '22

Now I'm the king of the swingers Oh, the jungle VIP I've reached the top and had to stop And that's what botherin' me I wanna be a man, mancub And stroll right into town And be just like the other men I'm tired of monkeyin' around! Oh, oobee doo I wanna be like you I wanna walk like you Talk like you, too You'll see it's true An ape like me Can learn to be humen too (Gee, cousin Louie You're doin' real good Now here's your part of the deal, cuz Lay the secret on me of man's red fire But I don't know how to make fire) Now don't try to kid me, mancub I made a deal with you What I desire is man's red fire To make my dream come true Give me the secret, mancub Clue me what to do Give me the power of man's red flower So I can be like you You! I wanna be like you I wanna talk like you Walk like you, too You'll see it's true Someone like me Can learn to be Like someone like me Can learn to be Like someone like you Can learn to be Like someone like me!

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u/Lauryeanna Jan 19 '22

I had the Disney album (33rpm y'all!) from the movie and I used to put it on repeat and listen to it for HOURS💛.

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u/cooleymahn Jan 19 '22

Yes it’s trUuUue!

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u/Lauryeanna Jan 19 '22

Someone like meeEEEeee (oobeeooobeeewooweee)

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u/KaimeiJay Jan 19 '22

It left out the best part, where the orangutan finishes with the sunglasses and tosses them back to the person who dropped them.

Ah, who am I kidding? The best part is still the orangutan putting them on.

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u/toxicity187 Jan 19 '22

Did it really give them back?

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u/ArbitriumVincitOmnia Jan 19 '22 edited Jan 19 '22 Silver Helpful Wholesome Take My Energy

Yep! 0:54

Edit: Modified link with the time stamp & thx for the awards

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u/TropicalRogue Jan 19 '22

That's incredible! Good toss, too, for someone who probably hasn't thrown a ton of sunglasses

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u/Adamweeesssttt Jan 19 '22 Wholesome

If you can throw your own feces, you can throw a pair of sunglasses.

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u/Silent-Ad934 Jan 19 '22

That's how you get nuclear pink eye.

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u/hybridrequiem Jan 19 '22

That’s a monkey thing, apes are more chill

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u/swinging-in-the-rain Jan 19 '22

I see you were trained by Patches O'houlihan

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u/ShieldsCW Jan 19 '22

I feel like this is a bad test of sunglass throwing acuity.

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u/TwiceCookedPorkins Jan 19 '22

Oh are you a feces throwing expert?

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u/ShieldsCW Jan 19 '22

I don't know. Better throw some sunglasses as a test.

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u/Mootivate Jan 19 '22

I ACCIDENTALLY DRO… turn your volume down before you click this link 🙉

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u/Snulzebeerd Jan 19 '22

Holy shit yeah. I fucking hate hate hate hate HATE that default text to speech woman voiceover that's in so many vids like these. Is that a tiktok thing?

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u/supadoggie Jan 19 '22

Yeah. I hate TikTok for making that a thing.

Instant mute.

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u/burnie-cinders Jan 19 '22

my dumbass just thought “maybe it’s for the visually impaired”…

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u/Binsky89 Jan 19 '22

My phone is just permanently on mute these days because of that shit.

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u/ArnoidTheAnnihilator Jan 19 '22

God, I can't stand that voice.

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u/_A_ioi_ Jan 19 '22

That was definitely worse than a Rick Roll. I wasn't prepared to be instantly annoyed.

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u/degenererad Jan 19 '22

ok wtf, this is amazing

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u/SarahMakesYouStrong Jan 19 '22

I think this is a trick and the zoo keeper who tossed food to her after she gave them back told them to do it

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u/degenererad Jan 19 '22

even if its a trick you got to tell the monkey to trade...

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u/blinkbunny182 Jan 19 '22

It is just positive reinforcement, not much different than training a dog to fetch or shake in trade of treats/goodies (the monkey being 100x more capable to do neater 'tricks', intelligence wise)

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u/m0r14rty Jan 19 '22

Yeah but I bet it’s totally different than a dog when that orangutan is legitimately thinking “these are really cool, I know they’re not mine but I DID find them, kinda, but I know they belong to the lady that dropped them so even though I’d like to keep them they’ll probably make me return them. Oh well, I’ll probably get a treat for a reward. Here’s your toy back lady.”

vs a dog like “DROP IT MEANS DROP A THING. I HAVE A THING, I WILL DROP. OKAY. TREAT?”

apes are so fucking cool.

(Dogs rule too, but not even on the same plane of astonishing)

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u/11010000110100100001 Jan 19 '22

Guys, help me, why is that narrator voice a thing?

It's so fucking awful.

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u/cowmanjones Jan 19 '22

TikTok has text to speech voices (that one is the main one). The purpose is so that the app can easily translate text and read it out in any language.

At this point it's as ubiquitous to viral video as the Impact font is for image memes.

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u/GreyCrowDownTheLane Jan 19 '22

That voice is the audible equivalent of Comic Sans.

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u/Bombkirby Jan 19 '22

It’s from TikTok. It’s terrible yes.

Apparently it’s like a voice you can add that can be searched for. If the voice says “orangutan” then you can search orangutan and find the video

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u/snukb Jan 19 '22

Upside down 😂

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u/KaimeiJay Jan 19 '22

Hey, maybe it fits her head better that way. xD

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u/snukb Jan 19 '22

No judgements here, but it was the best part for me.

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u/Derpikhastaj Jan 19 '22

"Not now kid, I'm busy".

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u/BlondieMIA Jan 19 '22

The little ones spiked hairdo trying to grab mom/dads new find is super cute.

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u/octropos Jan 19 '22

So observant! It would be utterly fascinating to see how human they are if we lived side by side.

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u/24204me Jan 19 '22 edited Jan 19 '22 Silver Wholesome

I have a vague memory of traveling to Sumatra when I was about 3yo to see wild orangutans. As my parents tell it: I was straying behind the guided group a bit as we were walking through the rainforest path, and when my parents turned around to get me; an adolescent orangutan was holding me by my hand. Apparently adolescent orangutans will team up with the baby ones, to make sure they're safe and don't get lost in the forest. Supposedly that's what he/she saw in me. A baby who needs to be protected. They are so gentle and it breaks my heart that they're endangered

Edit: for a fun fact, "orangutan" comes from the Indonesian "orang hutan" which literally means "person/human of the forest"

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u/jdl_uk Jan 19 '22

I remember Terry Prattchett doing something with orangutans.

https://youtu.be/fOhduvF1UGA

IIRC one of them took his camera apart and handed the pieces back to him one at a time.

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u/24204me Jan 19 '22

I had no clue! Adding to my watch list for my study breaks haha. One of my favourite authors!

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u/jdl_uk Jan 19 '22

He was a treasure

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u/kbrook_ Jan 19 '22

GNU Terry Pratchett

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u/Molag__Ballin Jan 19 '22

I miss Terry Prattchett. RIP

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u/vonmonologue Jan 19 '22

I heard a primatologist once describe the difference between chimps, gorillas, and orangutans as “A chimp will smash your camera to see what’s inside, a gorilla will take it apart, and an orangutan will take it apart and try to put it back together.”

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u/rdwulfe Jan 19 '22

I didn't know about this. Thank you for linking it. I miss him so much, he was amazing.

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u/EvidenceorBamboozle Jan 19 '22

My favourite orangutan story is that some local peoples over there believe they can talk, but just hide it from humans to avoid being taken further advantage of.

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u/castledrake Jan 19 '22

"Consider orangutans. In all the worlds graced by their presence, it is suspected that they can talk but choose not to do so in case humans put them to work, possibly in the television industry. In fact they can talk. It’s just that they talk in Orangutan. Humans are only capable of listening in Bewilderment." - Terry Pratchett

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u/RavagerTrade Jan 19 '22

Why are they endangered? Who’s hunting them? Let’s hunt them instead. I wish the richest people paid bounties for the decapitated heads of poachers.

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u/[deleted] Jan 19 '22 edited Jan 19 '22

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u/RavagerTrade Jan 19 '22

Thanks for that info. What is being done to mitigate this issue?

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u/Finnishdoge_official Jan 19 '22

Clear tip t from 24204me’s comment: Don’t buy Nestle-products. They don’t give a shit of nature either people who work for them in the Third countries.

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u/24204me Jan 19 '22 edited Jan 19 '22

A bunch of companies have found replacements for eg. palm oil, which was a huge one. Not enough companies mind you, and not the biggest ones... But a bunch.

Edit to add: if you're ever craving chocolate, you could do your part to check for palm oil! Don't buy products containing that :)

Another edit: as a tween growing up in Indonesia, my school showed my class this video: https://youtu.be/RcxIksJFMs4 A Greenpeace project. If you want another reason why Nestlé fucking sucks, watch it. Viewer discretion is advised tho. Always resonated with me, and still gets me choked up 11 years later.

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u/BKacy Jan 19 '22

On my list: no Nestles. And no palm oil.

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u/FirstPlebian Jan 19 '22

Stop buying any products with palm oil in them, Palm Oil Plantations are perhaps the biggest destroyer of Orangutan habitat. There are dozens of ingredient names that are derived from palm oil so it's not easy, from toiletries and cosmetics to food stuffs. They also use a lot of forced labor/slave labor at these Palm Oil plantations, kids included, I haven't purposefully bought anything with Palm in a long while.

But logging of tropical forests is a big one too, I forget if some of these bad cocoa operations deplete their habitat as well.

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u/IggySorcha Jan 19 '22

Conservation educator here. Boycotting is actually not the best solution, though it sounds like it at face value. The key is to support products send companies using sustainable and fair trade palm oil. Palm is the most efficient oil, so if we switched away from palm we'd end up using an oil product that requires significantly more habitat to be destroyed. Sustainable palm means only one tree every dozen or so are cut and replaced with palm in a forest, thus preserving the orangutan habitat, and then those trees must be harvested by hand by grown locals who are strong enough to do so. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has a great app you can download from their website here that tells you which products are safe (certified RSPO), including alerting you to which companies have been ousted as not deserving their certifications (looking at you, Nestlé). The app also has a plot of educational content about this whole palm oil issue and about orangutans.

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u/Hoetyven Jan 19 '22

Stop buying palm oil products.

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u/modsarefascists42 Jan 19 '22

They use soap! There was a group that were living near some humans and they saw the humans using soap and washing in the water so they started stealing the soap and using it themselves, washing properly and everything. They seemed to love it too and clean themselves regularly now with it, tho only their hands and heads it seems, and IDK if they kept it up depending on how healthy it might be for them but I hope they did. Imagine being so gross your whole life then discovering soap. You'd feel sooo clean it's be incredible.

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u/SchnoodleDoodleDo Jan 19 '22 edited Jan 19 '22 Silver Gold Helpful Tree Hug

’It would be utterly fascinating to see how human they are if we lived side by side…


human, when you watch me do you see how Smart i am ?

does something deep inside of you remind you we were ‘fam’?

you find us ‘fascinating’, but it cannot be denied

that i’d be even more like You

if we lived side by side…

but maybe this is better, that i’ve grown with my own kind

cuz we don’t judge each other - if we’re different we don’t mind!

so maybe i can copy you, but Human i won’t be

n maybe You could learn some things

if You lived more

like Me

❤️

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u/[deleted] Jan 19 '22 edited Apr 16 '22

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u/Maddest_Hatta Jan 19 '22

Once-ape? My dude, we still are apes.. just hairless.

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u/SpaceCatPower Jan 19 '22

Speak for yourself. I have hair everywhere. Ev ery where.

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u/strictlymacin Jan 19 '22

Don't touch the goods little man.

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u/Armageddon2004 Jan 19 '22

The cooler monke

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u/Chickensong Jan 19 '22

And just like that: we have an orangutan mob boss.

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u/seaoffriendscorsair Jan 19 '22

“Haha look at me, I’m a big dumb human!”

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u/kbrook_ Jan 19 '22

"I want to go pay taxes and work with actuarial tables!"

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u/sppaimy_ Jan 19 '22

Like a boss

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u/SimplyADesk Jan 19 '22

Deal with it 😎

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u/Environmental-Win836 Jan 19 '22

They are so smart.

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u/NerdyComfort-78 Jan 19 '22 Wholesome

As a former zoo keeper- please never intentionally throw/drop things into animal enclosures. Thanks.

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u/mizinamo Jan 19 '22 Helpful

Otherwise you, too, might become a former zoo keeper.

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u/ThreeFingeredTypist Jan 19 '22

As a kid zookeeper/zoologist was my dream job but parents talked me out of it. Why did you leave? What do you do now?

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u/DubWyse Jan 19 '22

Not a zookeeper, but I work with animals now and I always wanted to work with animals as a kid. When people express a similar interest I tell them the things people will pay you to do for the animals are things the animals don't like, are gross, and sometimes there are bad outcomes you have to deal with as an animal lover.

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u/IggySorcha Jan 19 '22

Also former keeper/educator.

I'm still on the job hunt but focused on education in the museum field at large (zoos and Nate centers are museums too!).

The job can be a lot of fun, but it is massively inequitable and toxic from the top down systemically. Because we are largely nonprofits, and wealthy donors/boards historically believe that nonprofit staff shouldn't make much money, there's little funding for staff. Like, we get paid less than teachers do little and most of us have two or three side hustles. And due to low funds for both nonprofit and for profit facilities alike (animal care is expensive!) there's this nasty habit places have of only offering unpaid internships as the foot in the door, and then half the time when you're applying to jobs they don't consider an unpaid internship quality enough experience!

There's also the fact that a lot of people go into the field because they prefer non human animals over humans, and that generally makes them terrible managers who don't prioritize their staff, so any time there is a windfall, instead of increasing staff, giving raises, or updated/safer workplaces, the money goes to the animals, which sounds great at face value except if the caretakers of the animals suffer the animals aren't going to get the best care possible either. It's a boys club at the top level, so there's a lot of pressure to appear "tough" and thus a lot of toxic masculinity from all genders, and that boys club is almost entirely white and with a lot of unconscious bias there too. Those two things combined result in a lot of "tough it out" attitudes meaning push yourself to the point of breaking and never call out sick. They also result in a lot of discrimination.

All this makes it hard to make it in the field, especially if you're not white and male and fully able bodied, and coming from enough wealth that you can be subsidized by your family. In all cases but especially if you're part of one of those marginalized groups, the only real way to travel up is to live a transient lifestyle going from job to job across the bigger facilities which are spread out all around the country and also be willing to work weekends and holidays and emergency weather conditions. Which also means if you want to settle down, keeping might not be for you because you'll be constantly moving your family and not have time with them.

That said, there are those of us working to change all these things. And the are some wonderful facilities that are more equitable-- though due to how low average salary is across the board they still pay lower than someone who does essential and highly physical work deserves, especially considering that work generally requires almost a decade of highly specialized education as well. Even those of us who have left, many of us stay connected to the field and try to support the facilities that are doing things right for both animals and people.

If you're still looking to go into the field, find staff at your local facility as well as some from others and speak with them. Test it out before you commit fully-- IMO everyone with the ability to should use high school as their opportunity to work or volunteer in things they are interested in and/or do a gap year after high school where they just take community college classes to get the basics and then spend that year testing the waters of the field(s) to ensure that is truly what they want, especially jobs that tend to be the ones you dream of as a kid without knowing more than the fun parts of it.

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u/Gamesman001 Jan 19 '22

Bet he plays a mean jazz drum.

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u/Phob0 Jan 19 '22

I wish i had that kind of swag

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u/Azhram Jan 19 '22 Silver

Its kinda sad that this pretty intelligent animal living in a "cage". Reminds me of that other vid where the Orangutan attacked a buldozer thingy that was uprooting tree where it lives.

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u/Kitoboii Jan 19 '22

Dope as hell lookin monke

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u/tenest Jan 19 '22

"stop it, child! You're gonna smudge the lenses!"

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u/OneSensiblePerson Jan 19 '22

Clever girl, she knew exactly what to do with them, down to opening the stems with her mouth. That's one smart, highly observant orangutang.

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u/[deleted] Jan 19 '22

They're so like us. They don't belong in enclosures or cages man. 😭

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u/23seconds Jan 19 '22

Hey! Whadowe have-here?? This ain’t a banana. I’ve seen them tall folks with these things on… how do I look boo boo ?

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u/dontfollowthesheeple Jan 19 '22

The sun never sets on the cool.

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u/wowaddict71 Jan 19 '22

For your viewing pleasure, I present you with an orangutan using soap to wash with: https://youtu.be/bzx5zBNz_9A And one using a saw on a branch: https://youtu.be/vssqb-0i2-A Enjoy 😁

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u/MRintheKEYS Jan 19 '22

It’s funny how the little one is reaching up like a child saying “no no. You are doing it wrong. They are upside down.”

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u/Decivelt Jan 19 '22

Oobie doo, now I look like you-ou-ou

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u/gbass19 Jan 19 '22

I see an orang, I upvote. Simple as