May
04
2008

Orangutans have learned to do things I can’t. Observed spearfishing, swimming.

A turtle whispers its secrets to the orangutan: Unfortunately, all the turtle's secrets are about shoplifting and dirty magazines. Orangutans already know about that stuff.
A turtle whispers its secrets to the orangutan: Unfortunately, all the turtle's secrets are about shoplifting and dirty magazines. Orangutans already know about that stuff.Courtesy steven2005
Just kidding, I can swim. Not very well, but I swim all right. As far as spearfishing goes, though, I couldn’t do that. I mean, maybe it’s just me, but I could never kill a fish with a stick. Unless it was lying on the ground, or something—then I bet I could really bash the heck out of a fish. I’d really whack its little head in.

Orangutans in a conservation refuge on Kaja Island in Borneo, however, have proven to be adept at both swimming and killing fish with sticks. Neither activity was thought to be possible for the great apes, but naturalists on the island have recently observed them swimming across a river to get at their favorite fruits, and using tree branches to stun fish in the water before eating them. Other orangutans were seen attempting to spear fish with branches, supposedly after seeing fishermen using rods. This is thought to be the first documented occasion of orangutans using tools for hunting.

It was also noted that some of the apes quickly came up with an even more efficient way of collecting fish: stealing them from human fishermen when their lines were unattended. Those damn dirty apes!

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Ben's picture
Ben says:

Quick, we must destroy all the apes!!! They are starting the transformation into super apes like we saw in the great classic "planet of the apes"... We must get them before they get us!

posted on Tue, 05/06/2008 - 8:04am
hmoob_muas's picture
hmoob_muas says:

i didnt know they were that smart...

posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 9:54am
LEE's picture
LEE says:

dang. pretty soon they're gonna learn how to talk human. ha ha ha. j/k.

posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 10:05am
koallainfestation37's picture
koallainfestation37 says:

so do they take socks out of the dryer too
cus im missing a couple of those

posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 10:08am
flinch619's picture
flinch619 says:

this just shows that planet of the apes is a potential future for our planet.

.....everyones thinkin it, im just sayin it

BOOYAKASHA!

posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 10:10am

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