Orangutan Prankster….

Just look into those eyes…. You can see wit, intelligence, and the desire for fun and games !!  This is a Sumatran Orangutan, the kind of Orangutans found at the St. Louis Zoo

The St. Louis Zoo is truly a must-see venue, and the Jungle of the Apes exhibits a not-miss treat, especially the orangutan exhibit.  Plexiglass allows visitors up-close encounters with these playful, beautiful creatures and also allows the more curious orangutans to investigate zoo visitors who invariably press themselves against the glass to get as close a possible….


Such was the case when the orangs were particularly interested in a red-haired little boy who looked to be about three.  His face was pressed right against the glass as three orangutans crowed together to look at the boy whose hair was the same color as theirs.  I have to tell you, it was awesome !!  The little boy shifted his weight back and forth with his butt stuck out as the curious apes reached their hands out as if they could touch his hair.  Then the two orangs on the side stepped back a bit…..


Suddenly, the big guy in the middle started to wildly pound the plexiglass with so much force it shook the whole glass wall.  I shrieked and jumped, but not like the red-haired little boy.  It was as if he had become airborne as he jumped back a good three feet and began to scream and cry.


Meanwhile the orangutans were all jumping up and down laughing, especially the big prankster in the middle.  It was clear that these guys had the trick down pat.  I couldn’t believe how they’d reeled in the little boy and maintained eye contact until they'd won his trust…


By this time I was doubled over laughing.  I felt like a total ass… The little boy was sobbing as both his parents tried their best to comfort him, but I couldn’t stop laughing.  I must have felt self conscious because I started to look around… No need… The whole crowd was cracking up too !!!

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15 Responses to Orangutan Prankster….

  1. Waterbaby says:

    that's a funny story, though i feel for the boy frightened.

  2. LBeeeze says:

    Thanks !! Of course I did too….but you could tell that he had great parents that were there for him, and I bet it's a story he'll tell for the rest of his life !!

  3. sharonb says:

    interesting indeed, great photo too.

  4. LBeeeze says:

    Thanks very much !! Glad you enjoyed the story !!

  5. Waterbaby says:

    he won't. but his parents might.

  6. LBeeeze says:

    It was so intense….my family had gone on ahead, but I was fascinated with the orangutans' fascination with the little boy…..I could see in their eyes that they recognized that his hair color was the same as theirs… It was a total surprize when the big one in the middle started pounding the glass.

  7. Waterbaby says:

    It's easily imagined, particularly with any reference point from watching animal documentaries. On such an occasion, you're glad Plexiglass separates orang from child.

  8. LBeeeze says:

    No kidding….but a similar thing happened about a year ago with the zoo's silverback gorilla…. Because of the orangutan experience, I was prepared for what happened..but it still startled me…
    The weather was cold so they had the big guy inside in one of the plexiglass exhibits, except most of the glass had brown paper over it. We stood there for a few minutes watching through the gaps in the paper and sure enough, he charged and started thumping the glass.
    One of the zoo attendants explained that the gorilla had gotten aggitated from people staring…

  9. Waterbaby says:

    can't say I blame him or wouldn't do likewise. being stared at is very unnerving.

  10. marina says:

    great animal story!!!! 🙂

  11. LBeeeze says:

    Thanks very much. Glad you enjoyed it !!

  12. paikea says:

    we loooove zoos! – we go to them, no matter where we are – if you ever get to Singapore, their Night Safari is awesome – they let the night animals out (the safe ones) to wander – it's really coolwill definitely hit the St. Louis Zoo should i ever find myself in your fair city again:)

  13. LBeeeze says:

    Writing about it made me want to go back….we're so lucky, the zoo is FREE !! So it our Art Museum…and both are world class.
    And if I ever get to Sinapore, I'll definitely have to do the Night Safari.

  14. Drude says:

    Great story. Apes are so amazing… and so scary when they start throwing their weight around. Poor kid – he probably got a bit of respect for strange animals… that's not a bad thing to learn early… just hope he wasn't traumatized for life.

  15. LBeeeze says:

    Thank you… The little boy's mom and dad were so supportive, I'm sure they made it all better in no time… I felt like such a heel for laughing hysterically when the little boy was so upset, but the orangutans were such a spectacle jumping up and down laughing that I just couldn't help myself….

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