A zoo hires gymnast to get orangutans in the swing of things

Orangutan needs to swing like gymnast...wondering if he will learn front summies as well.

From the Asbury Park Press:

A zoo in the Netherlands has hired an Olympic gymnast to get its confused orangutans to swing through the trees once again  in its newest outdoor exhibit.

Beijing Olympian Epke Zonderland has been hired by Ouwehands Dierenpark Rhenen zoo to show the usually tree-bound orangutans how to swing from tree to tree, the News Scotsman reports.

In the zoo’s old enclosure the animals were unable to utilize their natural instincts to live in the tops of trees, and have lost their knack to swing.

The improved enclosure now has seven new trees about 32 feet high, and zoo officials are hoping Zonderland can renew the primates’ interest in swinging from tree to tree.

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