December 11, 2001
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
"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 >>>
Thanks to Payman Arabshahi
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