Orangutan Finds A Clever Way To Make Her Cage A Little Cozier
Nemo was given no choice about spending her life inside a cage, but she's found a way to make her cold confines a bit more comfortable.
The 14-year-old orangutan, held in captivity at the Nakhon Ratchasima Zoo in Thailand, was caught on film exhibiting a remarkable sense of ingenuity, for the sake of coziness. Using a blanket, Nemo is seen fashioning a makeshift hammock suspended between the bars of her sparse enclosure - an impressive act of self-determination where sadly she has little.
Orangutans are known for having high a capacity for problem-solving, one that sets them apart from all other primates. That's one reason why there's a growing opposition to keeping these animals captive, as they themselves are wise enough to know they do not belong behind bars.
"They say that if you give a chimpanzee a screwdriver, he'll break it; if you give a gorilla a screwdriver, he'll toss it over his shoulder; but if you give an orangutan a screwdriver, he'll open up his cage and walk away," said Michelle Desilets, founder of the Orangutan Land Trust. "I do believe the orangutan is the most intelligent species [of great ape]."