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Orang Utan grabs man at Zoo

On June 7, 2022, a video went viral on social media that showed an orangutan grabbing a person through the bars of its cage. Here is one version that circulated on Twitter:

While this video racked up millions of views as it circulated on social media, many viewers were left with questions: Where and when was it filmed? How did this happen? And, since the viral clip ends with the man’s leg still in the grasp of the orangutan, how did this incident conclude?

This video was filmed on June 6, 2022, at the Kasang Kulim Zoo in the province of Riau, and shows an orangutan named Tina grabbing a zoo visitor who got too close to her cage. The visitor, a man named Hasan Arifin, had broken the zoo’s rules by climbing over a barrier that normally separates the animals from the visitors in order to get a video.

Meanwhile, the zoo’s manager said the orangutan may have been kicked by the visitor before the viral video was filmed.

Kasang Kulim Zoo manager Desrizal said neither the visitor nor the orangutan was seriously harmed in the incident. While the viral video clip ends with the man’s leg still in the orangutan’s grasp, longer versions of the video show that this person was eventually able to pull himself free.

A video from Tribun Pekanbaru gives a clear look at the various “do not cross” signs around the orangutan’s cage.

Afrin later apologized for breaking the zoo’s rules, saying: “I apologize to the Kasang Kulim Zoo for crossing the fence and I apologize for the viral video.”


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