As humans, we tend to overestimate our intelligence relative to the rest of the animal world. We think we’re the smartest creatures out there— and, as a result, tend to be shocked when animals show off their brilliance in their truest form. Most recently, a man named Vitaly R., was surprised when he had a priceless interaction with an animal that has since been viewed 17 million times.
Vitaly was visiting the Bali Zoo in Indonesia.
While the zoo boasts African lions, saltwater crocodiles, Asian forest turtles (and more!), visitors’ favorite residents are the hilarious orangutans. During his visit, Vitaly took the opportunity to meet the beloved creatures himself.
In this video, viewed more than 17 million times, you see Vitaly leaning over the zoo’s barrier to throw the giant orangutan a yummy treat.
The long-haired blonde man glances towards the camera. The orangutan is seated as close to the man as it can, waiting for its present with an outstretched hand.
When Vitaly gives the orangutan its treat, the animal quickly gobbles it up before reaching behind its back for a surprise.
Looking around to make sure his keepers aren’t watching, the primate grabs a banana and throws it to Vitaly, offering the man a trade.
At first, it looks like the animal may be getting ready to use the banana as a projectile, but when he tosses it with gentleness, the creature’s intentions become clear. With the realization, the cameraman and other patrons can’t help but grin at the scene.
It’s common knowledge that we’re related to primates, but people tend to forget how similar we truly are.
In fact, 97% of our DNA is identical to orangutans, with some scientists speculating they may even be our closest relative (and not the chimpanzee).
Because of our physical similarities with orangutans, the primates are susceptible to certain “human” diseases, like tuberculosis and hepatitis B. But, on a brighter note, these creatures also demonstrate impressive intelligence, with scientists estimating they’re actually as smart as a 3 or 4-year-old child.
If you don’t believe me, check out this adorable video of an orangutan’s child-like reaction to a man’s magic trick:
Michelle Desilets, the executive director of Orangutan Land Trust actually considers orangutans to be the smartest of all great apes, surpassing chimps in patience and gorillas in motivation:
“If you give a chimpanzee a screwdriver, he’ll break it; if you give a gorilla a screwdriver, he’ll toss it over his shoulder; but if you give an orangutan a screwdriver, he’ll open up his cage and walk away.”
Since being uploaded to YouTube, Vitaly’s priceless interaction has been viewed more than 17 million times.
Comments on the video read:
“Orangutan kept looking around making sure his keeper wasn’t watching him.”
“Not many people can say they’ve played catch with an orangutan.”
“That’s hilarious.. lucky man… U should be Thankful to MR. Monkey!!”
See the adorable video below!
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