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Orangutan Tries On Sunglasses After Tourist Drops Them At Zoo

Orangutan Tries On Sunglasses After Tourist Drops Them At Zoo

The orangutan even had to swat away its baby who was also eager to try the shades on

Simon Catling

Simon Catling

When a woman dropped her shades in the orangutan enclosure at an Indonesian zoo, the last thing she expected was for one of the primates to pick them up and try them on. Watch what happened here:

TikTok user Lola Testu's (@minorcrimes) video was captioned: "So I'm down a pair of sunglasses but up a very good story."

It showed how the unfortunate traveller dropping a pair of sunglasses into an orangutan enclosure below her.

What happened next though at least put a smile on her face even if she will now have to shell out a bit of money for a new pair.

That's because a large orangutan languidly loped over to where the sunglasses had landed and picked them up, while still holding their child in their other arm.


To gasps from the crowd, the primate then opened up the sunglasses and quizzically took a look at them before putting them on their face.

The animal is next seen propped back against a tree with the shades on and looking pretty darn cool. At one point its child reaches out to try and have a go themselves, but is swatted aside by the clearly impressed parent.

Ultimately, though, the sunglasses didn't quite cut the mustard and the orangutan soon chucked them away, seeming much happier with the vegetation they were thrown in return to eat.

The video has been watched over 25 million times on TikTok and gained more than 6.4 million likes.


Many commenters pointed out how uncannily similar the orangutan's behaviour was to a human's.

"I swear they can talk but just don't want to pay taxes," quipped one person.

"I don't get it. How do they just know automatically to put it on their eyes," another asked.

Others were amused at the baby's attempts to get the sunglasses off its parent.

"When she pushed the baby's hand she was like 'honey don't touch these'," joked one user.

Another added: "The baby tries to grab them and she pushes him away... she's like nah fam these are mine."


It's long been said that orangutans are incredibly closely related to humans, sharing many traits with us.

Among the many things they share with us, according to Reader's Digest, are having a hairline as well as ageing in the same way we do.

We also share signs of pregnancy with them and they clearly show bonds with their children - something explicitly seen in this video.

They're also reportedly able to laugh and recognise different faces - which is perhaps why this particular orangutan might've thought getting some privacy by wearing some shades was a good idea.

Featured Image Credit: TikTok/@minorcrimes

Topics: World News, Zoo, Animals