Researchers in Indonesia have recently observed the first known example of orangutans recruiting other orangutans to kill unwanted orangutans. In this case, a female coordinated with a male to help corner and then kill another female. The two females had a "bad history" with one another, and though another male tried to intervene toward the end of the fight, the cornered female died from her injuries a few weeks later.
What makes this even more bizarre is that before this incident, between the years 2003 and 2014, there were only six recorded female-on-female attacks, and none of the combatants had even come close to delivering fatal wounds. If this trend continues, we can't be too far away from a mysterious femme fatale orangutan with a long cigarette climbing onto another orangutan's desk, grabbing its tie, and saying, "I need you to do me a favor ... we all know accidents happen ..."
Orangutans are still adorable as plushies. Go to your local zoo and learn about them all you can!
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