Orangutan Builds Hammock
Megan Mayer 1/19/2016
Orangutans are the species of great apes that most love spending their time in trees. This 14-year-old female shows why orangutans are considered to be some of the most intelligent primates in the world.
She takes a cloth up to the corner and ties it in a way that creates a little hammock. After testing it out for a moment however, she seems to decide that it isn't quite right and gets out to readjust it. After retying one end of the cloth, she gets in again and this time it appears to be to her satisfaction. She then has a well-deserved bit of fun moving around in her hammock.
Even in the wild, orangutans use a variety of tools and create elaborate sleeping nests every night, though from branches and other foliage. It's no wonder these apes have been extensively studied, considering their amazing learning abilities. The people behind this video, for example, investigate the mental capacities of animals. Hopefully their work will lead to greater consideration of these intelligent creatures and preservation of their habitats.