VIDEO: Jiwa, baby orangutan at Phoenix Zoo, practices his selfie

Posted at 3:45 PM, Jul 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-03 18:45:40-04

The Phoenix Zoo's youngest Bornean orangutan learned what it was like to take a "selfie" recently.

On Monday, the zoo posted a video to its Youtube channel of Jiwa making faces into a cell phone camera that was switched into "selfie" mode.

In the video, Jiwa, who will turn three in September, seems to be checking himself himself out, opens and closes his mouth, shows his teeth and sticks his tongue out.

Denise Wagner, senior primate zookeeper at the Phoenix Zoo, wrote in a blog post on the zoo's website that "like any youngster, [Jiwa] seems to enjoy making faces. He's made faces at guests when they are interacting with him through the glass and he also makes faces when he's looking at himself in mirrors."

Some of the zoo's primate exhibits have a stainless steel mirror and the primates have been observed reacting to their reflection. Other enrichment elements can include toys, puzzles, and new tastes or sounds.