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Urist likes orangutans for their antics.

Tamed Attributes
Pet value 500

· Exotic pet · Breeding

Not hunting/war trainable 

Birth: 8,000 cm3
Mid: 40,000 cm3
Max: 80,000 cm3

Adult at: 10
Max age: 40-80
Butchering returns

Food items

Meat 12-13
Fat 12
Brain 1
Heart 1
Lungs 2
Intestines 1
Liver 1
Kidneys 2
Tripe 1
Sweetbread 1
Spleen 1

Raw materials

Bones 14
Skull 1
Skin Raw hide

Wikipedia article

This article is about the current version of DF.
A huge intelligent ape found in the tropical forests. It is bright red and found living in the trees.

Orangutans are very rare and solitary apes found exclusively in tropical moist broadleaf forests. While larger than the average human, they're benign and timid by nature, and as such make easy targets for a dwarven hunter. All orangutans are born with Legendary skill in climbing.

Orangutans can be captured in cage traps and trained into valuable exotic pets. Due to their rarity, they make poor targets for a meat industry, though they give a decent amount of returns if butchered. Orangutans are long-lived for animals, and they take 10 years to reach adulthood, though they're fully grown by the age of 2. Like most species of ape in the game, they aren't naturally capable of swimming and will likely drown if submerged in water.

Some dwarves like orangutans for their long arms, their colourful fur and antics.

Admired for its antics.
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It should be noted that some orangutans have shown extreme aggression towards dwarves who refer to them as monkeys, as they are actually apes. Also they apparently make good librarians.

Just as goblins are reviled by dwarves for kidnapping their young (among other things), human villagers are openly suspicious of any orangutan nobles snooping about - perhaps if the orangutan "civilization" had any goods to offer in trade for the invention of fire, they would be open to discuss parting with a "man-cub." Dwarves, on the other hand, would never claim to have invented fire, knowing that it is a gift of Armok; nevertheless, lessons on the subject are made available to those who ask for it.