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December 11, 2001

Relatively speaking

Chantek is fluent in sign language, can understand humans, and is also a budding artist. Julie Cohen and photographer Stuart Conway visit the orang-utan raised by humans.

Geographical Magazine (May 2001) -- At the Language Research Centre in Georgia State university, the youngster Myota giggles with delight as he is tickled.

"Paper please", the artist demands. He Sets it down in front of him and carefully chooses a brush. 'Orange' is his next request. His flustered assistant hands him an orange from the basket of fruit. 'No, orange paint,' he sighs patiently.

Loading the brush he inhales deeply and with a flourish begins his masterpiece. As he concentrates his tongue peeps out of his mouth and his audience coos in admiration. This artist's talent is so celebrated his work has been displayed at the prestigious Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC, USA.

But this is no ordinary artist; he is in fact an extraordinary male orang-utan named Chantek who currently resides at Atlanta Zoo in the US state of Georgia. Art is just one of his talents >>> Full text

Thanks to Payman Arabshahi

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