Sunday, October 24, 2010

What the ... ??


Male orangutans have been known to rape human women. Noted primatologist Birutė Galdikas was raped by an orangutan while studying them. 

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I wonder how much scotch she gave him first?

7 comments:

A is A said...

Having once held an orangutan, I can assure you that A: They are incredibly strong, and
B: Their armspan is substantially greater than their height. They seem cute and smart and all, but if you make one mad, you might lose the fight. Badly.

WOMBAT said...

I guess dolphins aren't the only ones.

WOMBAT said...

@A is A- they might be strong, but they're not smarter than humans. I'd like to know exactly what happened in this case- the true story.

WOMBAT said...

The most astonishing incident resulting from the aggressive tendencies of Galdikas's ex-captive orangutans took place when an ex-captive male named Gundul attacked a Dayak woman who was working as a cook at Camp Leakey. In "Reflections of Eden," Galdikas describes how she tried in vain to pull Gundul away. She continues, "I began to realize that Gundul did not intend to harm the cook, but had something else in mind. The cook stopped struggling. 'It's all right,' she murmured. She lay back in my arms, with Gundul on top of her. Gundul was very calm and deliberate. He raped the cook. As he moved rhythmically back and forth, his eyes rolled upward to the heavens."

As in Yeager's story of Rico's attack, Galdikas, in her reaction to the rape, seems almost unbelievably blasé. "Gundul was behaving like a normal subadult orangutan male," she writes. "Nonetheless, his behavior was worrisome."

WOMBAT said...

My point being that it doesn't appear (by the accounts I've read) that Galdikas was raped at all but it was her cook.

wamk said...

Which one is the orangutan?

WOMBAT said...

The one with the fat face, tiny eyes, loose cheeks and shaggy hair. No wait- that's not helpful at all. It's the one on the right. The one on the left is a Lefty.

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