‘Talk­ing’ orang­utan dies

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AN orang­utan who com­mu­ni­cated with re­searchers us­ing sign-lan­guage has died at a U.S. zoo.

Zoo At­lanta said Chantek, who was 39, died on Mon­day. The cause of death is not known, but vets had been treat­ing him for pro­gres­sive heart dis­ease.

He was born at At­lanta’s Yerkes Lan­guage Re­search Cen­tre and spent nine years liv­ing with re­searchers at the Univer­sity of Ten­nessee-Chat­tanooga.

Re­searchers raised him like a hu­man child and taught him at least 150 words in Amer­i­can Sign Lan­guage. He was taught other hu­man skills such as us­ing a toi­let and cleaning his room.

Zoo At­lanta said Chantek was given a “nat­u­ral­is­tic” liv­ing en­vi­ron­ment with other orang­utans.

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