Stories tagged orangutan

Here's the harrowing tale of a zoo orangutan in Australia who outsmarts the zoo's technology to escape from her enclosure, at least for a little while.

Sep
27
2007

I am not a crook: Orangutans are uniting behind the non-criminal activites of a Borneo sister who a tourist is accusing of attacking her at a wildlife sanctuary (Flickr photo by axinar)
I am not a crook: Orangutans are uniting behind the non-criminal activites of a Borneo sister who a tourist is accusing of attacking her at a wildlife sanctuary (Flickr photo by axinar)
The wildlife on Borneo is a little wilder than one tourist expected.

Earlier this week an orangutan in a wildlife sanctuary on the southeast Asian island did a mugging job on a tourist. The ape snatched her backpack along with stripping off her shoes, socks and pants. It appears to be a lone orangutan and not a gang-related activity. The woman also claims that the orangutan bit her, but wildlife sanctuary officials can’t confirm that happened.

Here are the details:

The woman was taking photos of a female orangutan when it reached out and grabbed her bag. The two had a bit of tug-of-war over the bag for a while before the orangutan ripped the woman’s pants. When the ape got her bag, he searched through it, apparently looking for something to eat.

The orangutan then took off her shoes and socks, and while trying to pull off her pants, she claims it bit her on the leg. Wildlife sanctuary officials did give her medical treatment for scrapes and bruises, but did not see any bite marks on the woman.

The orangutan has no comment on the incident.