November 28, 2012

What to do when your orangutan won't settle down

My male orangutan is addicted to Jane Austen and reads up to 50 pages of Pride and Prejudice a day, claims zookeeper

Albert, the literature-loving 200-pound primate at Gdansk Zoo in Poland, is reported to enjoy up to 50 pages a day of Jane Austen's masterpiece Pride And Prejudice, according to the Daily Star.

 Orangutan+Jane Austin

Keeper Michael Krause resorted to reading the book aloud out of desperation when Albert and partner Raya would not settle down for the night, despite staff trying to wear them out with play or fruit snacks.

I didn't know what to do until I pulled out a book I was reading during a break and within a couple of minutes they were trying to read over my shoulder,' he said.

'Now they go to bed quietly and peacefully as long as they get their stories.'
Posted by Jill Fallon at November 28, 2012 8:20 PM | Permalink