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Ape Escapes! (National Geographic Chapters Series)

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This is the first in a series of four books that will tell the true and hilarious stories of animals that love hijinks. In this book you'll meet three naughty animals, including Fu Manchu, the orangutan escape artist. Fu Manchu lived at the Omaha Zoo and would routinely break out of his habitat to explore the zoo on a nice day. Zookeepers were baffled as to how the ape was escaping, until one day they caught him in the act. Fu Manchu knew how to pick locks. Not only that, he had created his own tool that he used ...
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National Geographic Kids Chapters: Ape Escapes: and More True Stories of Animals Behaving Badly

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Overview

This is the first in a series of four books that will tell the true and hilarious stories of animals that love hijinks. In this book you'll meet three naughty animals, including Fu Manchu, the orangutan escape artist. Fu Manchu lived at the Omaha Zoo and would routinely break out of his habitat to explore the zoo on a nice day. Zookeepers were baffled as to how the ape was escaping, until one day they caught him in the act. Fu Manchu knew how to pick locks. Not only that, he had created his own tool that he used to pick the locks with, which he would store in his mouth so as not to be found out. This and two other charming stories will engage readers and leave them wondering if humans are really the smartest animals.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426309366
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 7/24/2012
  • Series: National Geographic Chapters Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 192,937
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 630L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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July 1965, Omaha, Nebraska
 
A young orangutan peers out of his cage at the Henry Doorly Zoo. No humans are in sight. The coast is clear.
 
He sticks his long fingers through the chain-link fence. He bends back one corner. He pulls. ZZIIIIP! The stiff metal fencing unravels like a hand-knit scarf.
 
Some time later, veterinarian Lee Simmons arrives at work. He rounds a bend in the path and yikes! Dr. Simmons stops in his tracks. It couldn’t be, but it is. A shaggy, red-haired ape sits up in a tree. How did he get loose?
 
The ape is about six years old, tailless, and weighs 100 pounds (45 kg). He has a mustache and beard like a famous movie character. For that reason he is called Fu Manchu. Fu’s arms are super strong and longer than most fourth graders are tall. In a wrestling match against a man, the orangutan would win.
 
The ape doesn’t move or make a sound. But Dr. Simmons sees a twinkle in his eyes. The vet can’t help but wonder if Fu knew what he was doing. It’s like he’s been sitting there just waiting for me.
 
Fu climbs down. The sun sparkles on his red hair as he scrambles back to his cage. Dr. Simmons follows, shaking his head. What a crazy ape! He locks Fu inside.
 
He calls someone to fix the fence and then goes about his normal business. And Fu goes about his—dreaming up more hijinks to come.
 
Fu was born in a rain forest on the Indonesian island of Sumatra (sounds like sue-mah-tra). Like most baby orangutans, Fu probably never knew his father. Orangutan mothers care for their helpless babies. Fu’s mother nursed him. She held him and snuggled him. Every night she built them a nest high in the treetops.
 
These sleeping nests were the size of bathtubs. Fu’s mother made them by twisting leafy branches together. Each fresh, new nest must have felt as comfy to Fu as clean bedsheets do to you.
 
Usually Fu and his mom stayed dry in their cozy bed in the sky. At other times thunder boomed. Rain fell in sheets. Then the apes huddled together and turned giant leaves into umbrellas.
 
During the day, Fu often rode on his mother’s back. He clutched her hair as they swung through the trees looking for durian (sounds like dur-ee-ann) fruits. Durian fruits stink like sweaty gym socks. But orangutans go ape for the smelly stuff.
 
The problem is durian fruits don’t all ripen at the same time, and the trees are scattered. To find them, orangutans must keep a map of the forest inside their heads. For Fu’s mother it must have been like memorizing a school bus route with hundreds of stops.
 
Finding water was easier. It collects in hollow tree trunks after a rain. Fu might have gotten a drink by scooping water out with a folded leaf. Or maybe he chewed leaves into a sort of sponge. Then he sopped up water and dripped it into his mouth. Either way, Fu used leaves as tools.
 
Long ago, Indonesian people dubbed these clever apes “orangutans.” In their language the word orang means “person” and utan means “forest.” Together you get “person of the forest.”
 
One day Fu and his mother heard strange sounds in the swamp. Hunters had entered the jungle. They carried axes and homemade nets on their backs. Rivers of sweat ran down the men’s bare chests. Armies of insects buzzed in their faces. But nothing stopped them. The men were animal collectors. They feed their families by catching and selling wild animals. A baby orangutan will get them a lot of money.
 
Did Fu’s mother know they wanted her baby? Probably not, but she sensed danger. She swung from limb to limb, snapping off branches. She threw the branches down on the hunters.
 
The animal collectors looked up. The mother ape looked like a tiny black doll hanging against the blue sky. Was she holding a baby?
 
The hunters had a traditional way of catching orangutans. They didn’t try to climb up after them. Not at first. That might have spooked the ape into escaping through the treetops. Instead, the animal collectors formed a circle. They pulled out their axes and hacked away at tree trunks.
 
The ground shook as a tall tree crashed to the forest floor. Then a second one, and a third. The trees were so close together that each one that fell knocked down another. CHOP! CHOP! The men worked their way to the last tree—the one holding the apes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    Klm

    Really looks cool

    6 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2012

    This book was pretty good and funny

    This book was pretty good and funny

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    I wish

    I wish that i could ever seee a real ape like that. Its nice to dream huh?????? I know how you feel

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2012

    Ahm

    Whoever posted on May 30th, its national geographIC not Y.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2012

    The author of these engaging stories of an orangutan scamp, a mi

    The author of these engaging stories of an orangutan scamp, a
    mischievous pup, and a cat burglar has been writing for National
    Geographic for Kids for more than a decade. Her works have been
    translated into twenty-two languages. The compelling true escapades in
    this her first children's book inform and entertain in a child-friendly
    way. The size of the book, the captivating photographs from cover to
    cover and the engaging conversational text will keep chapter book
    readers turning pages. Comparisons that help children understand size -
    "Arms longer than most fourth graders" and "sleeping
    nests the size of bathtubs" - paint word pictures and occasional
    up-close, full-page color photographs engage the reader. "Did you
    know?" thumbnails with facts that tickle a kid's fancy complement
    the solid scientific writing. This is a "must read" for young
    animal lovers, but readers of any age will chuckle at the antics of
    these three rascals.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2013

    Its good

    Its a good book you sould read it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2012

    MORE!!!!!

    I love nat geo but there magazines and books are always short and i want more

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2012

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    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2012

    Great!

    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    My son LOVES all the Nat Geo Kids Chapter books! I have had to

    My son LOVES all the Nat Geo Kids Chapter books! I have had to ask multiple times to turn out the light as he is so engrossed in the books...laughing out loud at times. The Ape Escapes was his favorite (and mine...I did read a couple myself)! Great books for animal lover kids...now to just find something like this, since he read them all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    I

    Hope it isint the one i am thinking about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2014

    Hmm..

    I dont know. That part about the freak theing was kinda mean. I dont reccomend spoon feeding your children with lies like this. Children should grow to love and share the Earth. Thats what God put us here for, right?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    To below

    Hmph.anyway seems like a good book by the reviews anyway

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2013

    To below

    For your information, I read National Geographic Magizine (you know,the one for adults) and thats good. National Geographic for kids is to easy and I know 99.999% of all the things they say. Oh yeah, I'm 10 years old.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

    Great book for kids

    Love

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    The best book ever!!!

    The reason why it's the best book ever is because my grandma wrote this book! My name is hannah gwen newman you might not beleve me but she awlsow wrote animal super stars and if you look in the back of the book it says that this book is deaticated to my two grand children hannah and chase chase is my 10 month old cousen and the point is that this is the best book ive ever read in my entire life and my grandma is writing a new book called how to speack dog i hope you read it and i bet she hopes that two and my grandpa newman took the picktures to cool right so if you dont like the book just think on how much work my grandma poot into the book and you might change your mind hopefully and i think that i should stop talking now i did a lot so goodbye and happy reading!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    GRRERRRRRRRRR

    WELL GUESS WHAT WHO EVER SAID APS ARE A FREACK WELL YOUR A FREACK YOU CAN GO AROUND SAYING STUFF LIKE THT AND CRUUSHING THERE DREAMS DREAM CRUSHER AND GUESS WHAT APS HAVE SOME PERPOSE SO FIND BEFOR YOU GO AROUND SAYING YOUR UGLY OR YOUR A FREACK gosh thats just mean ?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    D

    D

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2012

    OMG

    Ha HA HA UGLY APE!!!!!!! OH TO WHOEVER SAID THEY WANTED TO SEE AREAL ONE SUCKS FOR U!!!!! I SAW ONE OF THOSE FREAKS OF NATURE AT THE CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ZOO!!!! It was putting a blanket on the baby. It was ugly like a frek of nature but the baby was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CUUUUUUUTTTTTTEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2012

    Loved it

    I loved it

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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