BEACON TRANSCRIPT- Just when you believed that you have heard everything you hear this. Apparently, we are not the only species who can use Tinder. If you believed that we are the only ones that are attracted by the looks you are wrong. Orangutans are also all about the looks.
A female orangutan is now trying an app similar to Tinder. This Tinder for orangutans is actually an experiment. In a Dutch zoo, the employees believed that it is time to find a mate for Samboja, a female orangutan.
They invented an app that could be compared to Tinder for orangutans. In order to find a partner for Samboja they made her watch photos of potential mates. When it likes one of them shed can push a button on the screen.
The employees also mentioned that they can figure out if it likes of the other male orangutans if it stares too much at the screen. They also said that this way they can test how responsive Samboja is to these photos.
This experiment is going to take four years. During that period the zoo keepers are going to show the 11-year-old female more photos on a tablet. Those photos are from possible suitors from a breeding program. The suitors are going to come from different places and that is why the zoo keepers want the match to be perfect.
“Often, animals have to be taken back to the zoo they came from without mating,” zoo biologist Thomas Bionda told a local newspaper “Things don’t always go well when a male and a female first meet.”
This is not the first time apes were allowed to play on tables. Many zoos all around the world started a program named Apps for Apes. This program was made in order to let apes get mental stimulation by playing with iPads.
There is a small problem abut Tinder for orangutans. Samboja managed to hit the tablet too hard when it saw one of her potential partners. Maybe that orangutan was the one for her. The zoo keepers mentioned that they are going to bring it a more resistant tablet in order for it to find the right partner.
What is your opinion about Tinder for orangutans?
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