Well, the verdict is in, give an orangutan a ukulele, and he will not instantly become the Israel Kamakawiwo'ole of the animal kingdom. He might, however, try to smash the instrument to pieces.
The moment was captured on the island of Sumatra on a GoPro camera, and demonstrates the naturally inquisitive nature of these animals.
Sumatran orangutans spend almost all of their time among the trees in the rainforest, and according to World Wildlife Fund, females might never travel to the ground their whole lives. These animals have close social ties because they come together to feed on the fruit in the trees, but adult males mostly remain solitary, while females stay with offspring.
Sumatran orangutans are a critically endangered species due to forest fires and degradation of the rainforest. There used to be populations distributed throughout the whole of Sumatra, but now they live exclusively in the northern part of the Island.
"Of the nine existing populations of Sumatran orangutans, only seven have prospects of long-term viability, each with an estimated 250 or more individuals," states WWF. Sadly, there are also now plans to build a major road through this northern area, which will severely damage the forest, and open access for illegal logging.
To learn about conservations efforts for Sumatran orangutans visit World Wildlife Fund.