The Orangutan and the Hound

05 February 2010 · 6 comments

Now that I plan to write more at Foldedspace in the future, one topic I’ll expore over and over is animal intelligence. As many of you know, I’ve long been fascinated by animals and their cognitive powers. Though I don’t think they have human intelligence, I think they’re much much smarter than most people give them credit for.

I actually kept a blog called Animal Intelligence for a number of years, but it wasn’t something I could maintain; it was just too much work. Over the next few months, I’ll gradually incorporate some of my favorite pieces from that old site here at But I’ll also introduce new stuff, too, such as this video from National Geographic:

Surya the orangutan loves Roscoe the dog. These two spend a lot of time playing together. This is a great example of inter-species friendships, one of my favorite animal intelligence sub-topics.

(By the way, did I mention that one of my goals is to actually befriend a crow? I think it must be possible; I’ve just got to figure out how.)

1 bethh February 5, 2010 at 14:42

Crows love shiny objects. Maybe you should hit Goodwill for some disco clothes with gold and silver threads! Then you just have to sit in the sunshine and let the crows find you. You might have to employ a flashlight for the best effect :-)

2 ClaireTN February 5, 2010 at 15:24

What a delight that was to watch! Surya and Roscoe really seem to enjoy each other’s company. It makes sense that Roscoe would attach to Surya. Dogs, after all, became dogs through interaction with human beings. From Roscoe’s perspective, an orangutan is probably not so different from a person. What’s intriguing, though, is Surya’s attachment to Roscoe. Surely orangutans in the wild don’t have regular exposure to dogs, and a relationship with dogs isn’t part of their evolutionary history. Hmmm….

3 Tiffany February 5, 2010 at 17:05

Just don’t let your Father-In-law come along when you befriend the cow.

4 Suzanne February 5, 2010 at 18:02

Love this video. My 8 & 5 year old are going to love it too! Thanks for sharing it, J.D.

5 Alexander Gieg February 6, 2010 at 15:24

“This video presents contents by National Geographic, who decided to block contents to your country.”


6 Amanda February 9, 2010 at 07:27

As usual, you scored a 10 with your animal intelligence post. I shared this link on FB and everyone was enthralled. Thank you. :-)

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