Mon, Aug 28, 2006 - Page 15 News List

Orangutans get hooked up 紅毛猩猩送作堆

Two orangutans hug inside a cage in Bangkok.
兩隻紅毛猩猩在曼谷一處籠裡相互擁抱。 (照片:法新社)


Single male (red hair, long arms, interests include hanging in trees) seeks female for long-distance relationship with the possibility of meeting up in the future to help save a species.

Zookeepers in the Netherlands are planning to hook up Dutch and Indonesian orangutans over the Internet. They believe the link they are using could some day be used as an online dating service where apes could get to know one another and keepers could work out whether they would be compatible mates.

The orangutans will start their love story the old-fashioned way, with a romantic dinner for two. “We are going to set up an Internet connection between Indonesia and Apeldoorn so that the apes can see each other and, by ... pressing a button, be able to give one another food,” said Anouk Ballot, a spokeswoman for the Apenheul ape park in the Dutch city of Apeldoorn.

Ballot said the primary aim of the computer link between Apenheul and an orangutan center on the Indonesian part of Borneo was to raise public awareness of the apes and their plight. Activists say that the spread of oil palm plantations, along with logging, is threatening animals such as wild orangutans. They worry the orangutans will become extinct, because the plantations and the logging are chewing up their native jungle habitats.

Ballot said that only orangutans who show a natural interest in the activity will take part.

There is still work to be done to set up the Internet connection. “We need to find ape-proof cables and screens,” Ballot said, adding that the zoo hopes to have the orangutans online by the end of this year or early 2007. (AP)


Today's Words 今天單字

1. compatible adj.

相容的 (xiang1 rong2 de5)

例: Matt and Jane weren't compatible, so they broke up.


2. plight n.

困境 (kun4 jing4)

例: Too many people ignore the plight of the billions of people around the world who don't have enough to eat.


3. plantation n.

農園 (nong2 yuan2) ,種植園 (zhong4 zhi2 yuan2)

例: There are several rubber plantations in Indonesia.


4. extinct adj.

絕種的 (jue2 zhong3 de5)

例: It is believed that dinosaurs have been extinct for millions of years.








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