I heard this story from NPR, but Short Sharp Science – New Scientist has a video..
This is Bonnie, and she is very gifted. According to the Great Ape Trust, the 30-year-old orangutan recently started imitating a caretaker’s whistling.
On Morning Edition, neither Ari Shapiro nor Erin Stromberg, Bonnie’s handler, could whistle very well. This, of course, means we need to tap a fantastic whistler.
Enter Andrew Bird. He can help determine if Orangutan’s can whistle melodies. I think we all want to see Bonnie whistle the parts of Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left.