No matter how silly some people might say magic performances are, the truth is that we all love them. It’s hard not to like being mesmerized by someone reading your mind, making objects disappear, or defying gravity. But what do our animal friends think of illusions?
An orangutan at Barcelona Zoo had the funniest reaction after a member of the public performed a magic trick for the ape, guffawing with delight after the reveal.
A cow probably wouldn’t care for card tricks, and a frog is likely to give you a blank stare if you make a handkerchief disappear, but clearly it’s a different story when it comes to our primate friends.
If you were moved as much as we were, seeing just how similar an orangutan is to a human, you can help save our cousins from extinction in the wild by supporting conservation work. The Orangutan Foundation International (OFI) is a leading conservation organization in the Borneo, and your donations could help. Please consider donating here.