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Baby Orangutans Learn How to Crack Coconuts


WORKERS: [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] NARRATOR: First
lesson of the day is [INAUDIBLE], or fruit time. WORKERS: [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] NARRATOR: Orangutans naturally
spend up to six hours a day foraging for food. So breakfast doubles as a
perfect learning opportunity. This morning’s lesson
is in coconut cracking. Orangutans learn from
example, so their caregiver shows them how it’s done. Mumut, a little male,
catches on immediately, while Valentino has a more
interpretive approach. With his distinctive
pale belly stripe, Valentino is the class clown
of Forest School Group One. What he lacks in technique he
makes up for in exuberance. When the puzzle proves
too hard to crack, Valentino does
exactly what he would do if he was in the wild– asks mom for help. Valentino was found alone
in a forest as a baby after his mom was killed. Babysitter [INAUDIBLE] is
currently his foster mother, and she knows Valentino must
learn to do this on his own if he is to ever graduate
from jungle school. m the students of
Forest Group Two are incrementally more skillful. It’s not so much age
that divides groups one and two, but ability. Little Meryl has learned how
to husk her coconut so she can enjoy the sweet milk. But not for long. Opportunistic Valentino
moves in to share. He may not be the best
at coconut cracking, but learning how to reap the
rewards of others’ hard work could be an excellent
survival skill. Three-year-old Beni has a
more laid back approach. He’s exercising his jaws
as his powerful teeth scrape the coconut shell. But there’s not a lot of
other energy being exerted. He doesn’t even flinch as Meryl
helps herself to his leftovers. Little does Benny know
that his expanding girth hasn’t gone unnoticed, and
he’s about to be put on a diet.

33 thoughts on “Baby Orangutans Learn How to Crack Coconuts

  1. Thankyou for this series. My niece and I share and talk about each little episode. I kind of wish you would give them names in the language of the local people. I understand that most of the monetary contributions come from western countries and giving them western names makes them more relatable and therefore more money. But it seems insulting to the local people and as garish pandering to western people. Why is say, Ting Ting any less cute than Valentino? Appreciate you attempting to spread more awareness of these wonderful, special cousins of ours. But it seems colonialist to assume only white people can appreciate and donate for their care. Maybe that's the fact of life that white people generally have more money and easier lives so they can be more philanthropic to feel good about themselves. Just saying. It is becoming embarrassingly clear the motive for naming them western names. This isn't the 1800s and we aren't Victorian explorers anymore. Time to cut the superiority attitude towards other cultures.

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