2 Fat: Please dont feed the humans.
love handles. Chantek is a smart, lovable orangutan who lives at
the Atlanta zoo. Trained in sign language, he has a vocabulary of more
than 150 words, and he is considered a decent artist. Now in his twenties,
he was born at the Yerkes Primate Center in Atlanta and then spent nine
years being raised like a humancomplete with diapers and infant
up in this human setting, Chantek became really fat, weighing
in at five hundred pounds, roughly three times his ideal size. Afraid
that the massive bulk would collapse his lungs, scientists placed him
on a strict diet. Formerly five hundred pounds of fun, he became four
hundred pounds of anger. During the diet, his favorite sign language
symbol became "candy." He refused to draw and instead ate
the crayons given for his artistic use.
his diet, Chantek even pulled off an escape. He threatened and could
have easily killed a janitor, but chose instead to attack a 55-gallon
drum of food. He was eventually found sitting next to the up-ended food
barrel, using all four limbs to stuff monkey chow into his mouth.
is unique, not only for his human contact and his linguistic and artistic
abilities but also for his weight. You see, there are no fat orangutans
outside zoos and research centers. Wild orangutans, despite sharing
Chanteks genetic zest for a fine meal, maintain a svelte 160 pounds
or so because food is relatively scarce and difficult to obtain in the
jungles of Borneo.
many of us have trouble staying skinny and healthy. As well see,
easy living with plentiful food is the source of weight control problems
for humans and captive orangutans alike. ...