We know primates are among the most intelligent animals in the world, but today is the day we find out that they may know a thing or two about fashion, too — as seen in a hugely popular TikTok.
The TikTok, originally posted by user Lola Testu who goes by @minorcrimes on the platform, shows a female orangutan trying on a pair of sunglasses Testu said she’d dropped by accident into the primate’s enclosure in an Indonesian zoo. Some reports suggest that the clip was taken at Taman Safari in Bogor, West Java some time ago before restrictions on public activities were enforced.
@minorcrimesSo I’m down a pair of sunglasses but up a very good story ##monke
“So I’m down a pair of sunglasses but up a very good story #monke,” Lola wrote in the caption.
With her baby clutching on her body, the orangutan walked on her knuckles to grab the sunglasses.
“Oh my God, oh no don’t eat it,” someone behind the camera, presumably Testu, said as the orangutan picked the sunglasses up and retracted the temples with her mouth.
The next sequence shows the orangutan putting on the sunnies, automatically making her ten thousand times cooler. We also can’t help but coo at her baby who wanted to try the shades on, too, but was denied by the mother.
At the end of the clip, the orangutan can be seen trying to throw the sunglasses back to Testu in exchange for some food, though it’s unclear whether the specs reached the owner.
The video has been watched over 38.3 million times and received more than 9.7 million likes on TikTok, while a repost of it on Twitter has received five million views. As you can imagine, this clip has been reshared many times across other platforms since it was posted about a day ago.
Orangutans are critically endangered, with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) estimating that there are only about 100,000 of the apes remaining worldwide.
This article, Cool as she likes it: Orangutan in Indonesian zoo tries on sunglasses in viral TikTok video, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.