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Örökre elment Chantek, az első jelnyelven kommunikáló orangután

Gondozói elmondása szerint lebilincselő természete volt.



Gyakran beszélgetett velük, ahhoz azonban túl félénk volt, hogy számára ismeretlenekkel is szóba álljon. Amellett, hogy ő volt az egyik első emberszabású majom, aki elsajátította a jelnyelvet, megtanulta kitakarítani a szobáját, eszközöket készített és használt, valamint megjegyezte a közeli gyorsétterembe vezető utat. Nagyon szerette a kreatív időtöltést, szívesen festett, zenélt vagy fűzött nyakláncot. Chantekről 2014-ben dokumentumfilm is készült The Ape Who Went to College címmel.

The Zoo Atlanta family is saddened to announce the passing of Chantek, a 39-year-old male orangutan, on August 7, 2017. Although his cause of death is not yet known, the Zoo’s Animal Care and Veterinary Teams had been treating Chantek with a regimen of advanced medical therapy targeted at mitigating his progressive heart disease. At 39, he was one of the oldest living male orangutans within the North American population of individuals overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Orangutan Species Survival Plan® (SSP). Orangutans are considered geriatric after the age of about 35. Born December 17, 1977, at the Yerkes Language Research Center, Chantek was a beloved member of the Zoo’s orangutan population for 20 years, arriving at Zoo Atlanta in 1997. He was well-known for his knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL), learned prior to his arrival at the Zoo. Although he frequently used ASL to communicate with his caregivers, with whom he developed close personal bonds throughout his years at Zoo Atlanta, he was shy about signing with individuals he did not know and often chose forms of communication which are more typical of orangutans, such as vocalizations and unique hand gestures. “Chantek will be deeply missed by his family here at Zoo Atlanta. He had such a unique and engaging personality and special ways of relating to and communicating with those who knew him best. It has been our privilege to have had him with us for 20 years and to have been given the opportunity to offer him a naturalistic environment where he could get to know and live with his orangutan family,” said Hayley Murphy, DVM, Vice President of Animal Divisions. “Chantek’s long life is a great testament to the dedication of his care team and to the work of the Great Ape Heart Project, the combined efforts of which made it possible for us to give him the best care and quality of life the zoological community has to offer.” Please click the link in our bio to read the full story.

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Élete utolsó éveit Atlanta állatkertjében töltötte, ahol szívbetegségét kezelték. Halála okát egyelőre nem ismerik, az állatorvosok előrehaladott szívbetegség miatt kezelték. Az orangutánok 35 éves koruk után idősnek számítanak az közlemény szerint, ő pedig már ennél is több, 39 éves volt.

Forrás: www.mti.hu és Wikipédia