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When cute videos hit the internet, there’s always the temptation to watch, laugh, and share without giving a second thought. Take, for instance, this video of an orangutan supposedly pretending to be a ghost.

Why This Orangutan ‘Pretending to be a Ghost’ is Anything but Funny (VIDEO)

At first watch, one might think, “Hah! This orangutan is just like us, and loves entertaining us!” But this is far from the truth. The orangutan from this video lives at the Twycross Zoo near Birmingham, UK. Are orangutans native to the UK? Surely not. Therefore, this orangutan was ripped from his family in the wild, and will never get to enjoy the close family bonds or friendships that they would normally experience.

Why This Orangutan ‘Pretending to be a Ghost’ is Anything but Funny (VIDEO)

Animals in captivity also often display signs of stereotypic behavior, or stress-induced responses to confinement. These abnormal, repetitive behaviors – when a captive animal moves from side to side, lashes out in an unpredictable manner, or deliberately injures themselves – are almost never witnessed in their wild counterparts. While this orangutan pretending to be ghost may seem amusing, such actions may very well be a result of a life spent in captivity.

Why This Orangutan ‘Pretending to be a Ghost’ is Anything but Funny (VIDEO)

Want to know the truth? If we continue to take these intelligent, complex animals from their natural habits, all while destroying their homes due the destructive toll of palm oil, these magnificent animals will truly be nothing more than ghosts.

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17 comments on “Why This Orangutan ‘Pretending to be a Ghost’ is Anything but Funny (VIDEO)”

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Gemma Lindsay
2 Years Ago

I must say i feel that this article is very short sighted and rushes to conclusions... firstly... we do not know that this orangutan was "Ripped" from its family in the wild... it could be captive bred and its family is somewhere else in the enclosure (were only seeing a small part of the enclosure)... secondly.. the sheet may have been given to it as part of enrichment - keeping it's mind and body active... ... lastly, this animal may be part of a captive breeding program aimed at keeping the species alive... a simple search on Twycross' website and i can see they are actively involved in various conservation projects... i'm all for making sure we're not spreading animal cruelty and calling it cute... but we also need to make sure were not spinning things the other way and undermining great work currently being done by various GOOD zoos.


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Gemma Lindsay
21 May 2016

more to the point - I actually think the orangutan is having a great time with that sheet!

Gemma Lindsay
2 Years Ago

I must say i feel that this article is very short sighted and rushes to conclusions... firstly... we do not know that this orangutan was "Ripped" from its family in the wild... it could be captive bred and its family is somewhere else in the enclosure (were only seeing a small part of the enclosure)... secondly.. the sheet may have been given to it as part of enrichment - keeping it's mind and body active... ... lastly, this animal may be part of a captive breeding program aimed at keeping the species alive... a simple search on Twycross' website and i can see they are actively involved in various conservation projects... i'm all for making sure we're not spreading animal cruelty and calling it cute... but we also need to make sure were not spinning things the other way and undermining great work currently being done by various GOOD zoos.


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Gemma Lindsay
21 May 2016

more to the point - I actually think the orangutan is having a great time with that sheet!

Gina Lewis
2 Years Ago

He should be sent home. To live in an orangutan sanctuary with his own kind. Zoos are hideous and cruel.


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Charlotte Bufton
2 Years Ago

He needs to be sent to a specialist rehab centre in the country he came from.


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Vita Searle
2 Years Ago

Primates have reasonable brains, this means a lot more feelings than a slug, so they don't want to be gawped at all the time.


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Paul Dudeist Rubbathan
2 Years Ago

We argue that animals in zoos are there for there conservation. Conservation because man is killing their habitat and them. Man is wrong to steal the habitat for greed. I support my local zoo but recently I have been asking myself what's the point in conservation if it means an animal living in a cage.. No matter how big the enclosure it's not their real home. If man keeps destroying their habitat where in the future will these beautiful creatures go.. The only answer I can think of is a zoo--- a cage.


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Donna Drabek
21 May 2016

We need more sanctuaries.

Donna Drabek
21 May 2016

We need more sanctuaries.

Paul Dudeist Rubbathan
21 May 2016

Yes I agree zoo's are for profit using conservation to sound good. Sanctuarys are the way forward.... Not for profit though.

Lisa Milanes
2 Years Ago

Sad and very frustrating.


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Angelika Altum
2 Years Ago


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LF Gabber
2 Years Ago

Very sad


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Jeffrey Stephens
2 Years Ago

He's trying to feel safe because he's always being stared at, which is a bad feeling, especially in his situation. Zoos are horrible places.


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