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Topic Reading-Vol.2866-2/15/2020

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2020/02/15 Topic Reading-Vol.2866-2/15/2020

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This orangutan saw a man wading in snake-infested water and decided to offer a helping hand

Orangutans are one of the four kinds of nonhuman great apes – gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans. While the others live in Africa, Orangutans live in Asia, mainly in Borneo and Sumatra, Indonesia. They are the largest tree-living mammal in the world, making their homes in trees. They live for about 35 to 40 years in the wild and longer in captivity. Unfortunately, they are one of the most critically endangered of the great apes due to poaching and habitat loss from deforestation and the palm oil plantations. It is estimated that there are only about 50,000-65,000 orangutans remaining in Borneo and Sumatra.

Having nearly 97% of the same DNA as humans, Orangutans are born with an ability to reason and think. When a warden of a conservation forest in Borneo was trying to remove snakes in the water, an orangutan offered him his hand. Although it is unknown whether the orangutan tried to help a human who was removing their enemy snakes from the water or not, it looks like a helping hand to the warden.

What do you think the man in the water did?

Enjoy this rare photo of an encounter of a wild primate a human.

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/02/07/asia/orangutan-borneo-intl-scli/index.html

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