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These Orangutans Love iPads As Much as You Do

by on August 15th, 2011

The iPad has been a hit sensation for everyone from children, seniors, and now–orangutans. The Milwaukee County Zoo has a program in place that provides their orangutans weekly sessions with the iPad. MJ and Mahal spend twenty minutes 3-4 days a week with their iPads, under the supervision of Scott Engel, the iPad Enrichment Coordinator at the zoo, according to Kotaku:

Engel started by showing the two the device through the glass where visitors usually stand. The first thing he did was turn on his iPad 2′s camera and let the two use the device as a sort of mirror.

“It was amazing to see how they welcomed this strange device into their area,” he said.

Once they were used to the iPad, the keepers started using the device in a back area where the orangutans could reach through a cage door and touch it. Last week, the two had their first chance to go completely hands and feet on with the device, though it still isn’t allows in the enclosure with them.

It all started out as an April Fool’s Day joke, but then the program actually got implemented. Check out the pics below (videos over here):

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