There’s a good reason zoos have so many rules. After all, they are displaying and caring for wild, exotic animals that don’t typically engage with humans, and any interaction could be harmful or even deadly to either the animal or person.
One big rule is don’t feed the animals.
But Vitaly R. thinks that rules are meant to be broken. In a video he has friends posted to Rumble, we get to see a great exchange between a human and Orangutan.
We all now the reasons for not feeding animals at the zoo: the food may be toxic to the animal, you may make them angry, or you could embolden them to attempt closer contacts with humans. With the great apes, all of these are valid concerns. But one tourist to a Moscow zoo, decided to throw caution to the wind.
Vitaly tried to communicate with the Orangutan when stopping at the exhibit in a zoo in Moscow. He used his hand and facial gestures.As his friend captures the exchange in the video. He offers a treat of some sort to the orangutan, who then convinces the tourist to toss it to him.
The orangutan had a pretty good arm, as he caught the treat without moving from his position. The animal put the treat in his mouth and then Vitaly asks him to reciprocate and he does.
Tossing a banana to Vitaly who catches it, the ape signals the human to toss it back, leading to a game of catch.
The video is rather cute and is somewhat startling to see an animal so closely related to humans behaving like this. But remember to please don’t feed the animals.
People have been commented on the video with things like this:
“They orangutan tossed it the second time to someone else deciding that he didn’t want his gift of food. Very clever animal.”- Phillip Mooney
“Does the ape not like swimming? Because all he has to do is swim ~3 feet and then climb up that short ass wall to escape!”- dinoatcharterdotnet
“Playing catch with an orangutan! Lovely!”- Katherine Gabriel
“Feeding the orangutan…stupid. Dangerous. Not cool.”- Carolyn Hennesy
“These are very smart and intelligent animals. I had one as a pet when living in Malays in the 1950’s. He would follow me every where and play games with us. He was a member of the family really.”- plktaylor5
“Hahaha! What a polite ape!”-shteno
Orangutans are extremely endangered in their native habitat. Found in Bali and Sumatria, the are solitary, tree dwelling apes that rarely descend to the ground, and as deforestation for agriculture and development encroaches, their numbers are dropping.
Have you ever seen an ape in the wild?