23 Aug '11, 2am

Orangutan washing itself with towel wows the Web - Yahoo! via @yahoosg

Orangutan washing itself with towel wows the Web - Yahoo! via @yahoosg

An orangutan from Japan is on its way to becoming a Web sensation after a video of the primate washing itself just like a human emerged online. During the two minute clip which was uploaded a week ago, the clever orangutan, at Tokyo’s Tama Zoo, dips a towel into water in order to freshen up in the 30°C heat. After dipping the dish cloth in a rock pool, the primate then wrings out the soaking cloth and moves on to washing its hands and upper body. A smaller orangutan wants in on the action too and attempts to take the cloth from the hands of the larger one, but to its disappointment its not done with it yet. At the end of the video, the animal even uses the cloth to wash the rocks surrounding the pond. Speaking with Yahoo! News today about the human-like characteristics of the hairy Web star, a spokeswoman from the Orangutan Foundation said: “Humans share 96.4% of their DNA...

Full article: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/orangutan-washing-itself-with-to...

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