Olympian to Teach Orangutans How to Swing

Animals in Netherlands zoo lose their knack for trees
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Suggested by hogstr
Posted Aug 17, 2010 5:32 PM CDT
Rochale, a 41-year old Sumatran Orangutan holds her newborn baby at the Ramat Gan Safari park near Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, Aug. 9, 2010.   (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
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(Newser) – A zoo in the Netherlands has hired an Olympic gymnast to teach its orangutans how to swing from tree branches. The zoo's previous orangutan enclosure didn't have trees, and now that their quarters have been upgraded, they seem to have forgotten how to swing from branch to branch, reports APP.com via the News Scotsman.

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