Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Orang & dog mystery

  1. Feb 13, 2010 #1
    This delightful video shows an orangutan playing with a dog, not to mention an elephant.


    I know very little about animal behavior, so maybe someone knows? As far as I’ve read, orangs are solitary animals. In the wild, even males & females keep apart for most of the time. So how does this animal know how to play? Or why does it play, & with a different species, even?

    Would it be from some orang sub-species that normally lives in groups? A Hollywood animal actor? Could raising in captivity so modify behavior? Any ideas? BP
  2. jcsd
  3. Feb 13, 2010 #2
    I couldn't get it to load, which is a shame. I really wanted to see it.
  4. Feb 13, 2010 #3
    Found it on Youtube

    I can see where it may be the way Surya was raised. Like other orang's in captivity, it has learned to accept other species. I think its adorable, always great to have a BFF.
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 25, 2014
  5. Feb 13, 2010 #4
    thanks; obviously raising in an unnatural enviro had its effects. But did you have any ideas about where such sociability/play potentials came from in a species noted for solitary ways? Pack/group immature animals play, to learn life skills. Maybe orangs play with mom? But the immense ground-level fun Bonobzo seemed to be having impressed me. What's the survival pay-off? Maybe he'll get miserable & curmugeonly with middle-age?
  6. Feb 15, 2010 #5
    this source (Groos) was sent to me & seems to have a large part of the answer.

    http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog...v-play-is-nature-s-way-teaching-us-new-skills http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog...v-play-is-nature-s-way-teaching-us-new-skills

    If you want to pursue the genetics trail in an adventurous safari, try Perry Marshall.


    You might find a connect between DNA/instincts & play/behavior - how they might interact. Good luck, OGT
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 24, 2017
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Similar Threads - Orang mystery Date
Binaural Beats Mystery Sep 30, 2016
Mystery of sleep Sep 22, 2016
Cut orange kind of glues itself back together Feb 18, 2016
Cockroach killer mystery Aug 23, 2014
Orange mushrooms are edible? Oct 24, 2009