Orangutan tries on sunglasses after tourist accidentally drops pair in zoo enclosure


Orangutans at an Indonesian zoo prove that fashion is definitely a primary instinct.

On Sunday, TIC Tac User Lola Testu uploaded a video to the social media app, which shows an orangutan trying on his sunglasses after accidentally dropping them in the primate enclosure at the zoo.

The video has over 44 million views, over 11 million likes and over 161,000 comments Wednesday afternoon.

Testu – which goes by the username @ minor crimes on the platform – captioned the clip, “so I’m down for a pair of sunglasses but on top of a really good story.”

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At the start of the clip, a large primate in the enclosure slowly notices the fallen pair of sunglasses before heading towards the fallen prop. As the orangutan picks up the object, an offscreen voice can be heard saying, “Oh no, don’t eat it.”

The curious animal then glances at the circular sunglasses before putting them at eye level. “She puts them on,” the same voice exclaims, laughing.

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As the clip transitions, the primate is then seen sitting with a smaller orangutan. The bigger animal turns the glasses upside down. The smaller of the two animals also tries to recover the glasses, but without success.

The video ends with the orangutan throwing the sunglasses at zoo guests watching the amusing incident, as a zookeeper – who is off camera – throws leaves at the primate as a reward for surrendering the article.

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In the comments section of the post, many couldn’t forget the adorable clip and how the animal knew what to do with the sunglasses.

“These animals are so smart,” one user said as another joked, “I swear they can talk but just don’t want to pay taxes.”

According to the World Wildlife Fund, orangutans, classified as great apes, share 96.4% of human genes.

The organization adds that the animals are critically endangered, with a population of around 104,700 Borneo orangutans, 13,846 Sumatran orangutans and 800 Tapanuli orangutans worldwide.


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