Argentine Orangutan Unfazed By Right To Freedom Ruling

December 23, 2014 by  

Argentine Orangutan Unfazed By Right To Freedom Ruling, Sandra the orangutan took her newfound fame in stride after an Argentine court upheld her right to be freed from a zoo, munching a melon and putting the rind on her head for the cameras.

In a world first, a court ruled that Sandra was entitled to some of the basic rights of a human being and as such was being subjected to unjust confinement at the Buenos Aires Zoo, where she has lived for the past 20 years.

But Sandra appeared unfazed by all the attention as journalists gathered outside her enclosure Monday.

The 29-year-old orangutan lazily picked the seeds from a green melon as she ate it, then donned the rind as a hat atop her long reddish hair.

Zoo officials said they were still scratching their heads at the court’s decision.

“This is how she’s lived for the past 20 years. It’s a large space, there are specialists who take care of her diet, monitor her health, and in general she lives in very good conditions,” said Adrian Sestelo, chief biologist at the zoo.

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