|Size||Up to 3.2 ft (1 m)|
|Speed||Up to 3.7 mph (6 km/h)|
|Weight||Up to 260 lb (118 kg)|
|Food||Fruits, leaves, bark, insects, nuts|
|Predators||Tiger, clouded leopard|
|Characteristics||Reddish-brown, long fur, very long arms|
Orangutans are large, intelligent primates with orange fur and long arms, which are perfectly suited for swinging from branch to branch in the rainforest. Orangutans are the largest primates that live almost exclusively in trees.
Orangutans use Tools
Orangutans Do Not Like Rain
Orangutans can be quite squeamish. When it is raining they protect their heads with leaves in order not to get wet. This is quite reasonable considering their long, shaggy coat. It just takes too much time to dry again, as they still don’t have electric sockets and hairdryers in the jungle (just joking!).
Orangutans Wear Gloves and Use Napkins
Orangutans do not only use leaves as “umbrellas”, but also handy “working gloves” to protect their hands from thorned bushes and fruits. Some also use leaves to rub their chins clean after eating.
Orangutans Also Have Flyswatters
Not only humans think that mosquitoes are bothersome. Orangutans also try to get rid of them and use a kind of flyswatter made of little twigs. They also use little twigs to catch delicious insects, open spiny fruits or steal some honey.
Orangutans Use Twigs as Meter Sticks
Orangutans have been watched sticking long twigs into the water vertically in order to find out how deep it is. This is essential for them to survive, because they cannot swim.
Therefore they only enter waters which are shallow enough for them to wade through. Orangutans even use branches to construct simple bridges so that they can pass swampy areas without getting their feet wet.
The Secret Identity of the Orangutan
The native inhabitants of the Borneo island (Indonesia) know: The orangutan is a human that does not talk so that he does not have to work.
This is why they have named him orang hutan, which means “man of the woods” in the Indonesian language.
The Orangutan Holds a World Record
The Orangutan is not only the largest ape in Asia. From all animals that are almost exclusively living in trees, it is the largest, too.
„Tarzan“ in Orange
Sometimes, the distance between trees is a bit too big for the orangutan to jump. Therefore, the orangutan makes the tree it is sitting in sway until it can reach a branch of the other tree with its fingers to jump over.
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