Orangutans compete in a mock kick-boxing fight, and undercover footage of a training session, at Safari World near Bangkok.
The orangutans, wearing garish shorts and boxing gloves, trade punches and spin-kick each other in a boxing ring at a theme park in Thailand. Others are dressed in bikinis, or trained to pick up litter from the stage after the show. The apes have been trained to kick-box each other as a spectacle for tourists in the shows.
Thailand banned Safari World from holding the controversial boxing shows in 2004 when the centre was found to be using illegally smuggled orangutans from Indonesia. Of the 110 orangutans which were at the centre, many of which were young, Safari World claimed that 41 had died from diarrhoea and breathing problems, although their bodies were never found. DNA testing was used to prove that most of the remaining orangutans had been brought illegally from Indonesia and 48 were flown back in a military Hercules transport plane after international pressure.
Orangutans are critically endangered, their numbers being devastated by poaching and destruction of their natural habitat. They share 90% of their DNA with humans and a fully-grown male can weigh more than 110kg.
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