A woman got more than she bargained for when visiting a zoo after an orangutan grabbed her breasts and pecked her on the cheek.
Tourists were left amused after the orangutan fondled the woman before kissing her on the cheek and flashing a childish grin at surprised onlookers.
It happened on June 27 at Safari World in Bangkok, Thailand – a zoo that has come under fire before for how it treats its animals with some calling for it to be shut down.
Safari World once hosted an event that saw orangutans boxing each other as other apes stood outside the ring while banging drums and dancing in bikinis, the New York Post reported in 2017.
Once they reach maturity, orangutans usually like spending most of their time alone as opposed to in groups.
Philip Mansbridge, UK Director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, criticised the zoo’s dark past, telling Metro.co.uk seven years ago: “It is shocking that such cruel and exploitative treatment of animals continues for the so-called ‘entertainment’ of tourists.”
In the recent viral clip, the great ape can be seen cupping the woman’s breasts who was left laughing at the incident as she posed for a photo, the MailOnline reports.
She wasn’t the only one who saw the funny side, with Dararat Suwanmai, 24, saying: “I burst out laughing when I realised. He was such a friendly creature.”
It’s unclear whether the orangutan was trained to do this exact act in order to entertain the zoo’s visitors, but he quickly walked back to his caretaker afterwards ready for the next visitor.
Orangutans are closely related to humans with 97 per cent of DNA in common.
They spend most of their time up in the trees where they make use of their long, strong arms and hook-shaped hands to climb and swing from branch to branch.
Some Sumatran orangutans also use tools such as sticks to get termites, ants or bees out of tree holes.
They’ve also previously been seen making a glove out of leaves when handling prickly fruits or thorny branches.
It’s estimated that over 100,000 Bornean orangutans were lost between 1999 and 2015.
The main threat is the loss or fragmentation of their forest habitat, caused by logging for timber materials, forest fires and making way for oil palm plantations, according to the World Wildlife Fund.