Wild orangutan figures out how to saw wood


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/03/30/wild-orangutan-figures-out-how.html


#2

Why is there a robot orangutan in the last half of this video, and why isn’t she more freaked out by his sudden appearance?


#3

Well, that’s just great. Say goodbye to the rain forest, it’s bad enough with humans cutting down all the trees, now we’re training other primates to do it as well.

(And don’t come crying to me when Dr. Zaius locks you up in a cell with a choker around your neck.)


#4

This was from a recent Nature series on PBS about robot animals and how they are used to spy on wild animals in their natural habitats. Pretty interesting stuff.


#5

Be freaked out. Be very freaked out.

###SPY ORANGUTAN


#6

quickly figured out how to cut wood with it.


#7

Right!


#8

That’s Clyde from the early 80s Eastwood flick. You can tell from the outtakes video where he flips the hidden camera the bird.


#9

“You hate the hoomans? Hey, me too!”


#10

As someone said, it’s from a BBC series called “Spy in the Wild”. Parts of it were shown in the US on the PBS “Nature” series.

The orangutan stuff is pretty cool, but not quite as cool as the headline here. The orangutan didn’t just find a saw and quickly work out how to use it. He’s sitting on the porch of an abandoned research building. The orangutans in that reserve have several behaviors that are taken from things they saw people do in the past.

Pretty cool, but they are not yet ready to put their damned dirty paws on us.


#11

… with a saw.

There’s the opening scene to a horror film, right there :smiley:


#12

I, for one, welcome our new orangutan overlords.


#13

and a Bud Light!


#14

[quote=“WJCarpenter, post:10, topic:98016, full:true”]
orangutans in that reserve have several behaviors that are taken from things they saw people do in the past.[/quote]
You can saw that again.


#15

I saw what you did th… oh nevermind


#16

Clever girl!


#17

Spy Orangutan is an asshole.


#18

I can see we have the host of the next HGTV series right there.


#19

Meh. Call me when she masters the Allen key.


#20

“Flipping Forests”