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Orangutan uses wet towel to cool down

August 27, 2011

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One resident at Tama Zoological Park in Tokyo has been impressing visitors with its hygiene skills. The orangutan uses a wet towel to clean itself, carefully wringing out the water before having a wash to stay cool. I don’t know the history behind this ape, but my hunch is that it may well have been a […]

Monkey gives itself a pedicure

July 25, 2011

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There doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to fit everything in. Aside from work and study and visits to the gym to stay in shape, I’m talking about time to do basic grooming. Unlike men, there’s a lot more pressure for women of a certain age (sadly that’s me) to “maintain” their […]

Have you heard? Ken leaves Barbie behind over deforestation

June 22, 2011

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They’ve been an item for as long as I can remember, but now the romance is over. Trophy bird Barbie is finding out what it’s like to be left on the shelf without her beloved Ken, following an ecological row. The plastic princess usually presents herself in pretty pink boxes but an investigation by the […]

On your bike – cinema comes to remote Ugandan villages

March 12, 2011

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This week I was mortified to see just how much my electric bill has gone up. It’s a utility I know I can’t live without, but it makes me so cross that certain companies are hiking up their prices even when they’ve earned a bumper profit in the recession. Electricity is something I think we […]

Captive orangutans in Indonesia may be released back to the wild

March 7, 2011

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A half-century ago, more than three-quarters of Indonesia, was blanketed in plush tropical rainforest. But today it’s a different story; the growing demand to feed the world with  pulp, paper and more recently palm oil (which is used in everything from lipstick and soap to “clean-burning” fuel) has seen half those trees destroyed leaving the organtuan […]

Nénette – Paris zoo’s oldest Madame

February 14, 2011

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She’s an ageing red-head, who’s had three “husbands” and four kids, but Nénette’s life is far from fulfilled. Unlike most Parisian women her age, she is not a lady of leisure, she is in fact a prisoner in her own home. The 40-year orangutan is the subject of the latest documentary by Nicolas Philibert, famed for […]