An adorable video uploaded by YouTube user Dan Zaleski shows an adolescent orangutan staring at a man on the other side of his glass enclosure. The man has a plastic cup and a lid, and inside it he places a small object (as the orangutan watches on, captivated). He then shakes the cup with the lid, and voilà...
Most of us immediately recognize that this is a classic disappearing act, but the greatest part of the video is most certainly not the magic trick — it's the orangutan's face when he discovers the object is missing.
The cute ape is adorable as it rolls around on the floor, and its human-like gestures are quite incredible.
While the video is bound to make you "oooh" and "aaaah," it should also serve as a tool to raise awareness and education about this majestic species. According to Orangutan Conservancy, the species' (which consists of Bornean and Sumatran) natural habitat is facing destruction due to palm oil plantations and deforestation — but they also face threats from illegal hunting and the illegal pet trade. And if these threats aren't addressed, orangutans could be extinct in less than three decades.
As the organization states, the orangutan is "humankind's closest cousins," and it's about time we start treating them as such.
Still, we can't detract from this particular ape's cuteness.
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