Meet Mari who "handles" everything with her feet and mouth
Mari is a very unusual orangutan in that she has no arms. Born in a research facility in Georgia, she lost both her arms while still an infant when her mother, in a very agitated state, damaged her limbs beyond repair. In spite of the accident, Mari is a very capable orangutan. She uses her chin to hoist herself up, uses her feet as we would our hands, and she walks upright (or rolls when she wants to get somewhere quickly).
She came to the Center for Great Apes in 2001. Great apes are very smart and need alot of mental and physical activity and stimulation. In this video you will see how capable Mari is playing with her toys.
If you would like to learn more about Mari, click here.
To see a video where Mari is walking, click here.