Sandra The Orangutan Has Been Washing Her Hands For 20 Seconds Way Before The Pandemic Broke Out

Sandra The Orangutan Has Been Washing Her Hands For 20 Seconds Way Before The Pandemic Broke Out

Sandra has washed her hands for 20 seconds. Have you?

Image Source: YouTube/Center For Great Apes

While quite a lot of human beings are yet to understand the importance of personal hygiene and social distancing, this orangutan named Sandra seems to have gotten things under her belt. Sandra went viral after a video of her scrubbing away inside her home at the Center for Great Apes in Wauchula was posted online, according to Fox 35. Patti Ragan, the center's director said for Sandra, the act of washing hands just came naturally. "They do wash things in water, they'll wash their food, they like to play in water,” Ragan said. The video was initially uploaded last year, but it was reshared recently, to encourage people to wash hands in the middle of the pandemic we are faced with. 


Ragan also mentioned that orangutans, like Sandra, 34, are naturally curious primates. “I think some of it is they see the staff cleaning the environment around them,” she said, “but I think a lot of it is them being interested in playing in the water, and they do like washing. We sometimes give them baby shampoo, and they like to wash and make soap suds out of that.” Since great apes can catch the same diseases as humans, they were practicing the same hygiene and social distancing at the center as everywhere else added Ragan. That's how smart the orangutan is. Something for us all to learn from?


“We are putting their safety first right now, during the coronavirus situation. All our staff now are wearing lots of personal protective equipment as far as keeping social distance even from the apes -- as far as interactions, hand-feeding, and so-forth for their protection.” However, things are difficult for them, considering that they don't have their usual footfall. Thus, they're looking for financial support, and also accepting donations of things like toys and foods for the apes, in these tough times. If you'd like to help them in any way you can, please follow this link to their website.


People were amazed by her intelligence and took to Facebook to comment. Jazz Mummery wrote: Isn't she absolutely adorable, so clever, she really can teach some humans the right thing to do and she's making a thorough job of it, well done Sandra x. Suniti Patel added: An orangutan who can follow simple rules with no verbal communication, and yet we have some humans who cant even follow the simplest instruction. Brenda VanBelois took the opportunity to share her woes: Meanwhile, I have told my 21 year old daughter to put her dishes in the dishwasher 20 times to no avail! Jon Lander shared: Every time I see one of these things about how smart animals are, it makes me want to switch to a vegetarian lifestyle, and I'd be healthier if I did, and it would help sustain the planet. Beef, especially, is killing us. Please invent a good fake BBQ sandwich.


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