|Arno the Sumatran orangutan looking in the direction
he will be travelling in while vocalizing.
(AP Photo/Perry van Duijnhoven)
Sasquatch vocalizations have been recorded from all over North America, but very little is known about what the creatures are actually communicating, or why they are doing so. Perhaps now some light might be shed on this interesting question by studying another ape, the orangutan.
Researchers have now correlated the calls of male Sumatran orangutans with their directions of travel. They observed females repositioning themselves to be closer to the male’s line of travel, and also non-dominant males moving out of the way of the dominant males heading their way.
Could this behavior help bigfoot researchers intercept a sasquatch on the move? It just might be possible, though extensive experimentation will be needed. These experiments would be extremely difficult for a huge variety of reasons, such as one would have to know the direction the bigfoot was facing when it vocalized, and there are precious few observations of bigfoots vocalizing without it being observed.
Orangutans Share Trip Plans a Day Before Leaving
SEP 11, 2013 05:00 PM ET // BY JENNIFER VIEGAS
Orangutans not only plan their travel routes in advance, but they also inform others about their trip a day ahead of time.
This very human-like behavior implies other things about orangutans.
“Our study makes it clear that wild orangutans do not simply live in the here and now, but can imagine a future and even announce their plans,” primatologist Carel van Schaeik of the University of Zurich, who conducted the study, was quoted as saying in a press release.