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Yet another sweet-but-unlikely mix: orangutans and iPads. Orangutans share 97% of our DNA and are strikingly like their human counterparts when it comes to iPad use. The young orangutans love it -- “they draw, play games and expand their vocabulary,” writes David Fischer of the AP. The old folks want nothing to do with it.
Linda Jacobs, who runs a mental stimulus program for the endangered apes at Miami’s Jungle Island Zoo and hopes to bridge the communication gap between us and the apes says, “Our young ones pick up on it. They understand it. It's like, 'Oh I get this,'" Jacobs said. "Our two older ones, they just are not interested. I think they just figure, 'I've gotten along just fine in this world without this communication-skill here and the iPad, and I don't need a computer.'"
If you’re an older person who is techno-savvy, accept our apologies for the generalization. Our own elders refused to even use a microwave and cited their age as reason to be exempt from pushing buttons.
In other news…organutans use iPads!! The program they use was originally designed for humans with autism -- the apes need only to press a picture on the touchscreen to communicate their needs.
“The long-term plan is to set up a larger, orangutan-proof screen in the holding area, along with another screen outside for guests. They would ask the orangutans questions and the apes could respond.”
A group called Orangutan Outreach is also hoping to set up video conferencing so apes can see their relatives who were transferred to other zoos.
If they’re really 97% like us, they’re already thinking about how to cut that obligatory family holiday call short.