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In the Maylay language, the word orangutan means “man of the forest,” which seems amazingly accurate when you watch this new NatGeoWild video of an orangutan doing some comical chores.

The orangutan, who is staying at Camp Leakey, a scientific research and orangutan preservation center, observes a human doing laundry and decides to help out.

With her child on her back, she begins scrubbing a shirt, using a brush, and soap before ringing it out. How many people do you know who can do this?

Both species of orangutans, Bornean and Sumatran, are endangered with declining populations due to hunting, illegal wildlife trade, and habitat lost from the palm oil industry. Recent estimates put the Bornean population at 41,000 and the Sumatran population at 7,500. According to the video, orangutans share almost 97 percent of our DNA, making them very close cousins of the human species.

If orangutans are capable of doing a chore we all dread to do, shouldn’t we extend them some sympathy and make sure they don’t go extinct? Certainly we can appreciate their ability to learn to do laundry when so many teenagers out there never seem to grasp this chore!

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13 comments on “Orangutan Loves Doing Laundry (VIDEO)”

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Shirley Arneson
3 Years Ago

Bless this loving being god is my prayer. .


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Tori Bandel
3 Years Ago

Beautify, the world and help keep theses wonders of nature alive


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Rose List
3 Years Ago

Na-apen, HAHA!!


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Tom Dale Dineen
3 Years Ago

This makes me laugh ! Reminds me of the monkey that stole you flip flop...


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Tim Conway
3 Years Ago

Holy fuck. I want one.


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Cindy Lee Kaletka
3 Years Ago

The video was fun to watch but the commentary was awful!


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Trella Hastings
3 Years Ago

Link didn't work! It brought up an error message!


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Linda Wark
3 Years Ago

This is the least amazing thing I've seen. What is amazing to me is that people are still learning this. Many sentient beings have feelings, abilities and need love and compassion. Just because an animal can imitate "human" behaviour should not be our motivation to "extend them sympathy and save them from extinction" Our motivation and RESPONSIBILITY should be that we have the power & compassion to do so for the planet and all it's animals and ecosystems. I've seen some pretty horrible human behaviour that should never be imitated.


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Stasia Bug
31 Dec 2013

spot on

Debi Garcia Grimaldi
31 Dec 2013

Agreed! This video actually brought tears to my eyes for the reasons you state Linda. If we could only see past that they are "JUST ANIMALS"...

Kathleen Provitola
3 Years Ago

oh please bring him to my house I could use all the help I can get lol ;)


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Dee Dee
3 Years Ago

lol


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