Friday, March 20, 2009

Friday Monkey Blogging: Orangutan Tosses Rope To Save Child

As I mentioned a few months ago, I started a regularly recurring blog entry meme every Friday afternoon, inspired by Bruce Schneier's regular series of "Friday Squid Blogging" posts, and my very own maddening Monkey Theory.

Here is this week's installment.

Richard Sheers writes on the Daily Mail:

All mothers know there is no limit to what they will do to protect their children.

But this mother orang-utan proved that the selfless sentiment extends to the animal kingdom also.

These astonishing pictures from the World Wildlife Fund capture the moment the terrified mother caught a rope thrown to her by humans and swam across a flooded river to bring her baby to safety.

It is a long-held belief that the giant apes are petrified of water. But the mother did not appear to give her leap into the swollen river a second thought.

The amazing pictures were taken by local officials of the WWF on the Malaysian island of Borneo.

More here.

Image source: Daily Mail


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