Kurioza naukowe / Scientific curiosities ISSN 1176-7545; rok VII; No 1531
Jedno zdumienie dziennie...
Internetowe randki orangutanów.
dobrze zbudowany, rudowłosy, przepadający za
tropikalnymi owocami, zawieszaniem się na gałęziach,
skakaniem z gałęzi na gałąź, a także iskaniem i
czesaniem poszukuje partnerki internetowej z perspektywą
spotkania się celem przedłużenia gatunku."
Internet Dating Service for Orangoutangs.
"Lonely, athletic, red-haired
male, crazy about tropical fruit, hanging from branches,
leaping from branch to branch, interested in de-lousing
and grooming, seeks an internet partner with a view to
establishing contact with the aim of ensuring the
continuation of the species".
These closely related to us brothers and sisters, barely distinguishable genetically from Home sapiens, once numerous in Malaysia and the Indonesian Archipelago, are now close to dying out. In their natural state they exist only in Borneo and Sumatra, and their number is steadily diminishing. While in 1987 there were over 50,000 of them, in 2001 the number fell to barely over 25,000, and today there would be certainly less. A certain number is held in zoos, but encouraging a natural increase there is not easy.
But what is internet for, so successful in encouraging pairing among members of Homo sapiens? It helped the Dutch scientists at Apeldoorn to develop the idea of an internet link between Holland and Indonesia, which would allow orangoutangs to form virtual friendships with the view of continuing the romance in reality. The thing will begin in a romantic manner; the potential partners will see each other on the screen, will be able to perform various small services to each other such as offering fruit with the touch of a button, and will be able to exchange eloquent glances. Orangoutangs are capable of such skills, as has been proved in experiments in which contact was established with the use of appropriately mounted mirrors. As soon as the zoopsychologists become confident that positive signs of affection exist, it will only remain to transport the partner to Holland or Indonesia for procreation to take off. When one considers the minimal genetic differences and the extraordinary physical attractiveness of the Pongo males, it is possible that the technique may lead to increase the number of inter-specie contacts, which, on a small scale, are said to have been practiced for ages.