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TIL: Orangutans Build Comfy Nests to Sleep in | Today I Learned ctm magazine

Do you love jumping into a comfy bed at the end of the day? So do orangutans!
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In this week’s Today I Learned, National Geographic Emerging Explorer Panut Hadisiswoyo shares just how particular orangutans can be about their sleeping arrangements. Whether for a quick nap or a full night’s sleep, orangutans build treetop nests to bed down in. These master engineers design for stability, but also comfort—some even fashion blankets and pillows. Orangutans build new nests every day, so it’s fortunate they can whip one up in just a few minutes. These treetop nests come with a lot of perks, but the biggest might be a good night’s rest. Scientists believe higher quality sleep may have improved orangutan’s cognitive abilities and given them an evolutionary edge.

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TIL: Orangutans Build Comfy Nests to Sleep in | Today I Learned

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  • Давид Миленковић on August 9, 2016


  • Al527 on August 9, 2016

    2nd comment

  • Mr Nobody on August 9, 2016

    3rd comment

  • Lil Lmao on August 9, 2016


  • Christoph Kitschke on August 9, 2016

    Nest counter:

  • Stephanie Reed on August 9, 2016

    Learned something new today!

  • thelousyllama on August 9, 2016

    Orang utans are the smartest

  • Tuna The Human on August 9, 2016


  • nfvy on August 9, 2016

    Jesus, the snake at the end made me jump

  • Savina Zúñiga on August 9, 2016


  • Hãris حارس on August 9, 2016

    reminds me of disney tarxan movie

  • patheticpatella on August 9, 2016

    aww they're so precious :')

  • Cute Puppy on August 9, 2016

    Wow, awesome 👍🏼

  • Kasper on August 9, 2016

    this is cool

  • Kasper on August 9, 2016

    this is cool

  • Tawnku Imi-Uru on August 9, 2016

    Do other animals utilize the orangutans' discarded nests?

  • Интересно!

  • Spellchant on August 10, 2016

    They truly are the people from the forest.

  • Quinton Baker on August 10, 2016

    Don't let any parents see this one, they will show their kid and ask what the excuse is for being shown up by orangutans.

  • Fahmy Farahat on August 11, 2016


  • The Streamers on August 13, 2016


  • 156op955 on June 8, 2020


  • Martie Franza on January 4, 2022

    I just can’t jive this with the theory of evolution… orangutans doing this mastery of design and even basic inherent knowledge of physics. Instinctive? Yeah, but not by chance.

  • Nicole Alexander on June 13, 2022

    “Up to 130 lbs”

    I’m only 118 lbs, I could sit in one of those things 👀

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