Popi, the orangutan who starred as Clint Eastwood’s pet in the movie Any Which Way You Can and who later headlined a slapstick comedy show in Las Vegas has recently moved to Iowa’s Great Ape Trust. The 37-year-old ape is the oldest of six total orangutans at the research and conservation center. Popi has already settled in and befriended two of the other orangutans.
Robert Shumaker, the trust’s orangutan research director, regards the arrival of Popi as a significant event. “I think as far as ape welfare, this is one of the most important things I’ve been involved with in my career.”
Shumaker has opposed apes working in the entertainment field because many trainers abuse animals. Furthermore, when people see orangutans on screen, they assume the apes are abundant, when in fact, orangutans are endangered in the wild.
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