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Normal Body Temperature Of An Orangutan.

by Anura Guruge



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Picture taken by I, in May 2015, at the Philadelphia Zoo.


It is indeed hard to imagine, but there are still ‘answers’ (to relatively simple queries) that you just cannot find on the Internet! Yes, it is quite incredible.

I ran into one yesterday. I thought it would be a piece of cake.

I just wanted to know the normal body temperature of an orangutan.

A pretty simple and straightforward query.

I just could NOT find it. I spent at least 40 minutes and I Google fast and intensely.

Finding that of chimpanzees was trivial. Gorillas‘ was slightly harder but could be located. NOT SO for orangutans.

I, however, lucked out.

I searched Facebook for ‘orangutans’ and found the “Orangutan Species Survival Plan” (SSP). I sent them a message.

I had an answer (above) within 4 hours — from somebody who actually takes ear temperatures of orangutans. I was very grateful and in awe.

Why did I need this information.

Of course for a book I am writing.

I just needed to comment on how the body temperatures of the Great Apes, which includes us, stack up. Do we all have the same body temperature?

I deduced one thing — quite fast. Taking body temperatures of adult gorillas is probably not something that you want to do regularly.

Now with this post I have hopefully PLUGGED another hole that existed in the Internet!


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‘Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District’ Fails 9 Year Old’s “Hotel Impossible” Test.

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Let Me 1st However Say

1. Nicest hotel staff, ever (and as you know I am no stranger to hotels (around the World).

2. I would give the hotel 3.5 out of 5 and will DEFINITELY stay there again.

3. Great location. Right next door to the Betsy Ross House and the U.S. Mint.

4. Room & public areas bright, white and airy. Very welcoming. [Plaster work, in the room, around the outlets, must have been done by the frustrated Orangutan from the zoo.]

5. There was quite the ruckus at the “Coin’s” restaurant when we had dinner there on Saturday night and we ended up with a FREE dinner — as did the three ladies at the table next to us! Our bill was in excess of $60.


As I have mentioned before, Deanna and the kids are HUGE fans of Anthony Melchiorri and “Hotel Impossible” (and that was even before Anthony and I started Tweeting each other). I am not sure exactly how many episodes we have watched but it has to be upwards of 30. So the kids know Anthony’s drill by heart.

Deanna didn’t come with us on this trip because of her bad back. IF she had been there she would have checked the beds for bed bugs even before I had the chance to put the bags down. In the absence of Mum Teischan, 9 years old, decided that she was going to play Anthony.

Within seconds she discovered a white stain on the pillowcase on one of the pillows. While Anthony would go within inches of trying to make sure that you knew EXACTLY what caused the stain I will spare the details and leave it to your imagination. It was white. Teischan and Devanee were both immediately grossed out (in much the same way when Deanna found a used female thong at the Cromwell Harbor Motel, Bar Harbor, Maine (Acadia). Teischan was beside herself. I told her to call up reception. She was too shy/scared. But when we went down for dinner, she marched up to the reception (making sure that Dad was behind her) and told them about the stain. To their credit they sent up a brand new pillow, still in its plastic, and a fresh pillow cover, within minutes of us getting back to the room — after our free dinner.

Teischan stood up on the bed and ran her fingers over the top of the tall bed backrest and found DUST galore. Anthony would have approved of how she did it — sans white gloves. She was NOT impressed.

Now the absolute kicker.

On Sunday evening she found a Kindle Paperwhite, in a pink case, under the bedside table. It was just lying on the floor, not that far in.

That was NOT good.

How could Housekeeping miss a Kindle lying on the floor?

NO, we did NOT give it to reception.

I, using the Setting tabs, found the name of the person it was registered to. I Googled her.

I wanted to find out 2 things:

1/ When did she lose the Kindle?

2/ Did she call the Hotel and what did they say.

On Tuesday (after we got back on Monday night) I spoke with her, on the phone, at her work.

She lost the Kindle 3 weeks ago!

Yes, she had called the Hotel TWICE. They said they couldn’t find any signs of it. THAT IS BAD.

That was why I did not just hand it over to reception. I wanted to make sure the owner gets it. [Right now it is all wrapped up in two layers of bubble-wrap. I will mail it the next time one of us goes into town.]

This was BAD. Though we have a very strict procedure for checking hotel rooms for anything we may have left behind, that could have been us — especially with the kids. So the Wyndham would have just told us — SORRY, it is not in the room. That is bad.

That upsets me. As Anthony will sure point out the General Manager of this hotel needs to address some issues.


Running Up Philadelphia’s “Rocky Steps” Is No Big Deal. A Walk In The Park

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Click to see fleeting 27-second YouTube video of I running up the Rocky Steps, to start off with Teischan. Devanee opted to shoot the video than race me up the steps.


This, like seeing the Orangutan with a plastic bin over his head at the Philadelphia Zoo, took place on Sunday, May 17, 2015. Teischan, Devanee and I had arrived in Philadelphia late the night before so that we could pick-up our burgundy red Jaguar XJ8 on Monday. We were at the Museum on the way back from the Zoo. Racing the kids up stairs and steps, à la “Rocky Steps“, has been a fun and contentious 20 year pastime. None of the 4 kids have yet been able to beat their old man (though Danielle’s ex-marine boyfriend did do so). Devanee, last year, nearly as tall as Dad, got close — within 1 step. I know that my days are numbered. I am getting older, the knees yet again are getting wobbly and Devanee and Teischan are getting bigger and fitter.

This was fun. It is NOT hard. Piece of cake. But as Devanee loved to point out after each such race: “It is not fair. You run, each day, up a ‘frikking’ mountain, with 6 pounds of weights on your wrist”. I always point out that nobody is stopping her from running up the same hill wearing 6 pounds of wrist weights.

Pope Francis will be conducting his Mass, in September, from the top of these very steps. I doubt whether he will climb them. But he is older than me and is half a lung worse off.

Fun place. I liked Philly. Been there ‘tons’ of times from 1985 to 2000 — BUT always for business or to do a seminar. Never did the tourist stuff. Kind of strange. The person that I have been to Philly most was Don ‘Gomer’ Pyle — and now he is dead.


Do YOU Ever Have Days Like This? Orangutan, At Philadelphia Zoo, Shows How To Cope.

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Orangutan using plastic bin for refuge.


One of the Orangutans at Philadelphia Zoo on Sunday, May 17, 2015.

It was sunny, hot, crowded and noisy.

Teischan spotted it and came and told me. Glad I managed to capture it.

This is about 1/8th size.

Can you relate?