If any more proof were needed that the orangutan is one of mankind’s closest relatives, here it is.
Just like us, the ape sometimes has trouble coping with the heat and this particular one has found an inventive way of cooling off.
With an uncannily human gesture it plunges what appears to be a flannel into a pool of water, methodically wrings it out and then mops its brow.
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Skilled: The orangutan wipes its face with a wet towel at the zoo in Tokyo
In fact, the orangutan at the Tama Zoo in Tokyo is so pleased with its idea that it is in no mood for sharing.
It refuses to hand the wet towel over to a smaller ape, snatching it away as the youngster tries to grab it.
In the end the smaller ape has to use its hands to splash the water over itself.
Taking a dip: The ape pops the towel into some water
Uncanny: The animal has mannerisms just like a human as it wrings out the towel
What about me? A smaller orangutan decides that it wants to join in
The ape and the activities of its envious pal delighted visitors at the zoo in Japan and now they are entertaining animal lovers around the globe after becoming a YouTube hit. More than 123,000 people have logged on to watch the video.
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