Orangutan Retrieves Crying Child’s Lost Teddy then Rips it to Shreds

Orangutan Retrieves Crying Child’s Lost Teddy then Rips it to Shreds

In a video with Oscar-worthy heights, lows, twists, and turns, a ticker recently captured the unexpected journey of a favorite teddy that was thrown around an orangutan, seeing the small toy dripping in the water, a resident orangutan jumps in and rescues the day from its watery grave.

Unfortunately for the baby (and Teddy), the rescue effort was somewhat diverted as the orangutan landed in a convenient location and tore the toy limb from the limb. The emotional rollercoaster took place at the Dublin Zoo in Ireland. Their orangutan forest habitat is inspired by Borneo’s rain forest and has trees and ropes that extend to visitors’ walks, giving orangutans and humans a unique and fascinating view of each other (even if orangutans sometimes urinate using this height advantage. 

Orangutan Retrieves Crying Child's Lost Teddy then Rips it to Shreds
Orangutan Retrieves Crying Child’s Lost Teddy then Rips it to Shreds

The play, however, began near the ground, as the little teddy fell through the fence and into the water. Orangutans are known for their use of tools (some even mastered hand saws) so it was surprising – though still impressive – when orangutans pulled long pieces of grass to try on foreign objects. After pulling it out of the water, the video shows the orangutan kissing the toy and smiling from observers. Here, the process takes a destructive turn.

After scaling the enclosure and reaching the hanging rope above the visitors’ walkway, Orangutan revealed that it was less interested in returning the lost toy to its (crying) owner than in finding out what treasure was in it. As it progressed to open the teddy, it was raining on those who were watching from the inside to the bottom. While a child certainly cannot be blamed for losing a toy, there is a risk of throwing things in the animal enclosure – and with different consequences. Recently, another orangutan found a pair of sunglasses inside his enclosure and decided to give them a spin.

Subsequent footage shows the animal looking fresh to death before returning to the person who dropped the glasses. There was also an unfortunate incident at El Paso Zoo when a visitor jumped on the fence to offer some spider monkey hot cheetah. Luckily for the invading and captive animals, the stunt did not end in any harm but during the Covid-19 pandemic epidemic, zoo staff was disappointed that a member of the public would risk animals so closely related to humans to rule and enter their homes.

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