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My best friend at Perth Zoo

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Orangutans build nests specialized for both day or night use. These are carefully constructed; young orangutans learn from observing their mother's nest-building behaviour. In fact, nest-building is a leading cause in young orangutans leaving their mother for the first time. From six months of age onwards, orangutans practice nest-building and gain proficiency by the time they are three years old.

Orangutans build elaborate nests which have "pillows", "blankets", "bunk-beds" and "roofs".
Construction of a night nest is done by following a sequence of steps. Initially, a suitable tree is located, orangutans being selective about sites though many tree species are used. The nest is then built by pulling together branches under them and joining them at a point. After the foundation has been built, the orangutan bends smaller, leafy branches onto the foundation; this serves the purpose of and is termed the "mattress". After this, orangutans stand and braid the tips of branches into the mattress. Doing this increases the stability of the nest and forms the final act of nest-building. In addition, orangutans may add additional features, such as "pillows", "blankets", "roofs" and "bunk-beds" to their nests.

Tags: General Close-up and macro Austrailia Zoo animal Pets and captive animals Wildlife and nature

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ColleenA Plus
9 502 8 Australia
19 Jan 2014 5:50PM
I have learnt something new today. Great information Dave. A wonderful portrait
JuBarney Plus
11 36 5 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2014 5:55PM
He is gorgeous, just a shame that he looks so sad.
Lillian Plus
13 23 17 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2014 6:09PM
Agree very sad looking
19 Jan 2014 6:23PM
Such an interesting write up to accompany this lovely portrait, Dave.

11 5.3k 128 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2014 6:39PM
Informative, interesting and an incredibly beautiful image.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Mollycat Plus
8 21 2 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2014 7:42PM
The eyes show the intelligence behind. Wonderful image of this amazing ancestor. GrinGrin Peter.
pluckyfilly 15 351 33 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2014 8:31PM
I have a friend on Perth we visited twice long journey for us now but a beautiful place, perhaps you could look her up for meWink have you done the tree walk Dave? Bit scary if you don't like heights! Every morning we woke to the Kookaburra, noisy bird he is. We didn't visit the Zoo proper but we did go to an animal park. Your Orang looks sad. It you have captured him well.
Irishkate 11 45 121 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2014 9:03PM
Pleased to met your new friend Dave. Interesting narrative.
We didn't visit the Zoo, so it'll be good to see your images.
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mistere Plus
9 14 5 England
20 Jan 2014 7:51AM
Such a sad expression, beautifully captured. great info as well. Nice work.


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