Fu Manchu, The Famed Orangutan Escape Artist, Learned To Pick Locks Right Here In Nebraska
You may have seen references to a lock-picking ape in the movies, but did you know that the story was based on real events? It happened right here in Nebraska in the late ’60s, and the ape in question was a Sumatran orangutan named Fu Manchu.
(None of the photos below are of the real Fu Manchu. We hope you enjoy these pics of other male orangs.)
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Fu Manchu was transferred to the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas in 1983. He lived out the rest of his life there before passing away in 1992. We’re sure it was a happy life filled with good-natured mischief.
Did you get to visit Fu Manchu when he lived at the Omaha zoo? Tell us about it in the comments!
As a lifelong Nebraskan, Delana loves discovering the many hidden treasures of her state. She has worked as a writer and editor since 2007. Delana's work has been featured on more than a dozen websites and in Nebraska Life Magazine.