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One Friday night when I was 16, a bunch of us went to the county fair. A truck pulled in there, sort of away from the midway, and we watched a guy get out and put together a big cage he had in the bed of the truck. After he got the cage together, he put up a little table.
A year old male orangutan Pongo pygmaeus had been treated for two years for respiratory disease believed to be tuberculosis. Terminally, the animal developed mucopurulent rhinitis and refused food. Necropsy examination revealed diffuse, severe, bilateral chronic pleuritis, fibrinous bronchopneumonia and air sacculitis.
We made it through another week—and what better way to celebrate than to watch an utterly adorable orangutan laugh his hairy little ass off at a magic trick? The orangutan was hanging out in his enclosure at the Barcelona zoo when a member of the public decided to entertain him with an impromptu magic show. Dan Zaleski from Meriden, Connecticut found a captive audience—literally and figuratively—to appreciate his slight of hand skills, and the ape watched spellbound as he placed something into a styrofoam cup, and then…. Abra Cadabra!