Orangutans Can Swim? (Photos)

Orangutans are generally thought to stay out of water, so some were surprised to find a small group of orphans in Borneo in a creek. Anne Russon from York University in Toronto shared photos of them in the water, including one handling a fish they later ate. The photos show orangutans playing in water, and wading. The New Scientist’s article says they can swim, but the photos don’t show swimming. A similar article in 2009 published photos of orangutans in a river, and said they were swimming, but it is more likely they were wading and sitting in the shallow water.

orang fruit

orang branch

orang with fish

Image Credits: Ann Russon, York University

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160 comments

LMj Sunshine
James Merit4 years ago

Awesome pics, thank you!

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LMj Sunshine
James Merit4 years ago

Awesome pics, thank you!

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Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

:)

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Rita White
Rita White5 years ago

great photos

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Magdalena K.
Past Member 5 years ago

nice photos

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jane richmond
jane richmond6 years ago

Thanks.

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Charles B.
Charles B6 years ago

gorgeous!

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Michela M6 years ago

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Valerie G6 years ago

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Danielle Herie
Danielle Herie6 years ago

THANK YOU

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