Kissing Orangutans

When I was little my favourite film in the whole world was The Dark Crystal and every time I go to the zoo and we see the Orangutans I am reminded of the Mystics. They’re so peaceful with their wise, contemplative stares. They used to have memos from the keep blu-tacked on A4 sheets reassuring visitors that they weren’t really sad, (it’s just what their faces look like) but I never thought they looked sad. Just old and reflective.

Then a few weeks ago we went and volunteer told us that despite their enormous enclosure they will nearly always be found with their nose to the glass because they love to watch us. He also said he’s been volunteering with these orangutans for 15 years and every morning they gave him a kiss against the glass…



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