Friday Haiku Limerick

There once were inseparable pals
One monkey and one little gal
They took strolls and made tea,
Were friendly as could be,
Now both species have evolved morale
-Meg

One toddler and one chimpanzee:
She showed him just how to pour tea.
He would not have maligned her,
But he had to remind her
“Hey kid, you’re descended from me!”
-Jessy

Said the Girl
Some things can not be
I’m afraid you can’t marry me
Your wrinkled and hairy
With manners quite lairy
besides you belong in a tree.
-Honorable Glad

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Barry Bland, Photographer for Barcroft. Now you try, Jane M.!

Hey! I come here to Cute Overload
For a kitten or blorpable toad
Orangs should be wild
Not at tea with a child
I will nuff now until I explode!
-Trabb’s Boy

This orangutan’s trying my patience.
I’m tired of his poor imitations
Of the way that I crawl
And my dear little doll,
And I abhor how he wastes my libations!
-Cath

Mr. Mucky McNufferson huffs
His bellicose cheek outward puffs
He raises his ire
With indignant fire
And says to the comments e-NUFF!

“I come to this site for the cute
Like a marmie asleep in a boot
Not a chimp with a kid,
Or, the heavens forbid,
The two of them sharing a snoot!”
-Berthaservant

Comments

  1. These are probably the most amazing pictures I’ve seen in a long while. How cool is that to have a baby orangutan as a friend.

  2. There once was an ape from Nantucket…

  3. Orangutans are adorable. I would love to know what the back-story is for this series of great pictures.

  4. metsakins says:

    No Friday Haiku?
    Limerick is much harder
    I am not clever

    *sigh*

    (I want to go to that tea party)

  5. OMG that’s the cutest kids I’ve ever seen!

  6. One toddler and one chimpanzee:
    She showed him just how to pour tea.
    He would not have maligned her,
    But he had to remind her
    “Hey kid, you’re descended from me!”

  7. that is out of this world adorable.

  8. DJ, you beat me too it!

    Those pictures are heart-meltingly cute – an orang, a cute kid, a tea party in the park on a sunny day… wow, just a big big smile!!!

  9. This is so insufferably adorable I might explode !!!! SO SWEET !!!!!

    I wish I had awesome tea parties like that when I was little :)

  10. Sweet Blondie just loved her friend Monk,
    But one day, on tea he got drunk,
    And as he grew bolder,
    Unforgivably told her
    She had too much junk in her trunk.

  11. Looks like post-apocalyptic event

  12. It somehow seems wrong to be jealous of a little girl, but dammit, I am! (both girl and orang are uber-cute!)

  13. hon glad says:

    Said the Girl
    Some things can not be
    I’m afraid you can’t marry me
    Your wrinkled and hairy
    With manners quite lairy
    besides you belong in a tree.

  14. There once was an ape from Nantucket
    Who liked to drink tea from a bucket
    His friend said “no stop!”
    You must sip from a cup,
    And your napkin, like this, you must tuck it!”

    Ok, I know the stop/cup rhyme is weak…

  15. An orang, while crawling through grass,
    Discovered two balls made of brass.
    When he told his friend Blondie,
    She looked at him fondly,
    And said, “Did you actually think I was going to say something crass?”

  16. AmyJ, how about “said his friend ‘that’s enough’”?

  17. Mauderules says:

    Orangutan baby and girl-child
    Cuteness on sweetness on love piled.
    Smooch, stroller, and tea:
    An opportunity
    To drive the photographers all wild.

  18. Scansion, peeps.

  19. earlybird1 says:

    This post just gets cuter and cuter. Check out the identical arm bendage in photo 1! And the supremely snorglable orangutan belleh in photo 2! Then you scroll down to the 3rd photo and… SQUEEEEEEE! Adorable baby kisses! Can there be more? YES! Orangutan toes curled with pleasure at sipping meelks from tiny creamer (photo 4). Well done, CO (stands up, clapping)! WELL DONE, I say!

  20. Leslie T. says:

    umm….I’m sure that I’m naive & geeky & all but will
    someone please translate “scansion???”

    and also @ AmyJ HOORAY pour toi & pour ta poesie !!

    En Francais, avec le paix

  21. earlybird1 says:

    If you click on PaulaH’s link and go to the SECOND PAGE, you will see the sweetest most content smile on that baby orangutan’s face. Ahn.

  22. So this is how Meg and Theo met!
    Theo is Meg’s favorite pet
    Long may they play
    Until they are old and gray
    And increase their cute assets!

    :-p

  23. Erps, ‘ere I am.

  24. Mauderules says:

    @Leslie T., scansion is analysis of a poem’s meter, usually by marking the stressed and unstressed syllables in each line and then, based on the pattern of the stresses, dividing the line into feet. By extension, once the metrical pattern has been determined, scansion involves examining deviation from the pattern. In short, close, critical reading of a poem, examining the work for meter.

  25. There once was a ginger orang-y,
    Who took tea with a cute toddler blondie.
    Said orang to the girl
    With complexion of pearl,
    ‘Never shave! Be an ape like me ee ee.’

    Opposable toe
    Comes in very handy [snerk]
    At tea parties [smooch].

  26. Cambridge Rat Mom says:

    No haiku from me, but I sure wish I’d had an orangutan, like this one, for a sister than the bitch I got! Whoa! Where did that come from?

  27. Leslie T. says:

    @ Mauderules:
    Thanks for the very precise & clear definition. I definitely feel edified (or does that mean that I feel like a building) or educated or something.
    And how prompt !!!! wowzer.

  28. Great limericks, peeps! So wonderful, I feel only a small urge to remind everyone that orangs are apes, not monkeys.

    I needed the laugh today. My 4-year-old kitty, Dedalus Diggle, is very sick and may not make it. Can you all send healthy kitty thoughts, please?

  29. @debg: Fingers, toes, and paws crossed, and healthy kitty thoughts winging their way to Dedalus Diggle.

  30. Leslie T. says:

    Debg: best of energy across the ether to your Dd (wanted to write it as D “squared” but my keyboard doesn’t do a tiny 2 like that…that I’m aware of)

    Anyhow…..kitties are generally (except in cases such as The Great Winston whose purpose is different yet significant) deep & meaningful people who embed their personalities in our psyches. I shall spend the day sending out prayers & hopes that Dd suddenly turns the corner for you. If the other turn happens, know that the Universe registers your love for (?) him & it’s probably helping his health.

    Sent with armloads of support

  31. Will you pleeeease check out the paw resting on the little girl’s leg during the tea party?!? I am slayed by this photo set. It is so lovely.

  32. These are such fun pics. Just great.

  33. @Debg – all warm thoughts and healthy wishes to you and little Dedalus Diggle

  34. Trabb's Boy says:

    This relationship’s really quite tricky
    And I really don’t mean to be picky
    Love the race and the ride
    And to kiss her sweet hide
    But I’m so bored of tea and pasickie!

  35. Trabb's Boy says:

    Oh, and
    1) wishing your sweet kitty well, debg
    2) these pictures are as adorable as any I have ever seen that did not involve my own kids.

  36. OMG I now realize how stale and uninteresting my childhood was. Thanks CO for shattering my basic belief system. :(
    ADORABLE!!!!! <3

  37. I’m not sure which is cuter, that pic of the baby in the stroller or the tea part.

    However, given that third pic, isn’t this also Interspecies snorgling? Especially since he’s targetting the prime neck area?

  38. NO WAY this is too cute to be true!

  39. And best wishes and hopes for little Dedalus Diggle! Get better sweetie.

  40. Kitteh Toez says:

    I personally think this deserves an Interspecies Snorgling tag.

  41. Trabb's Boy says:

    Hey! I come here to Cute Overload
    For a kitten or blorpable toad
    Orangs should be wild
    Not at tea with a child
    I will nuff now until I explode!

  42. Thanks, Patito B. Gigante, that works, I like it better! (or did you mean to tell me I’m too close to the decency line here…?)

  43. That is just the cutest thing ever! Well almost the cutest heh.
    Glad to read that this lil babeh orangutan isn’t a pet.

  44. There’s a baby. On cute overload. >:[

    … Awwwwww, but I’ll let it pass. She’s scrubbed and her clothes are neat and they’re interacting with each other with the intersperses snorgling. ^_^

  45. adorasplosion!

  46. Super adorable!

    But here’s me being nit picky… orangutans are NOT monkeys! They are apes, just like us. (singing) The more you know!

  47. @ Trabb’s boy .l . . Too funny . . . both of them! Especially love “tea and pasickie.” :)

  48. chickadee022 says:

    Cute! These pictures just melted my heart. I never had tea parties this adorable!

  49. I call Matchingks and Interspecies Snorgling!

  50. The best thing I like about the orangutan is his hairstyle. Very Funky.

    PSeaking of Funky. Here is my Funky car and its contest. Play the contest, maybe you’ll win holiday trips http://www.mahindraxylo.co.in/shoppe_contest.asp

  51. AmyJ–
    My concern is for scansion and rhyme.
    And your use of Nantucket? Sublime.

  52. holy sh*t…..thats cute!!

  53. These are from the same photog that took those wonderful Rottweiler dad/wolf pup photos posted recently.

    And the girl looks just like Cindy Loo Hoo.

  54. jen you squeeked in the matchingks ahead of me

    the first pic is poifect for it

  55. Thanks, Patito BG! I appreciate the improvement!

  56. kibblenibble says:

    Dedicated to the health of Dedalus Diggle:

    There once was a wee fuzzeh monkeh,
    Whose belleh was just a tad chunkeh,
    Kissed a lass on the neck,
    Then declared “What the heck?
    This Earl Grey tastes rather funkeh!”

    (I KNOW he’s not a monkey…just a handy word to rhyme!) :-)

  57. anonymous says:

    Am I the only one who thinks this is ridiculous.
    1. it is not a monkey but an ape
    2. when it gets bigger it will become uncontrollable. it is a wild creature people.

  58. @AmyJ, just substitute “Whassup!”

    @Anonymous, not ridiculous, but REDONKULOUS!

  59. Oh, monkeys and their tea parties… *sigh*

  60. happy girl! says:

    an Orangutan, a baby girl, and a nun walk into a bar….

    that is all I got folks and that is probably enough!

    very very cute pictures and for the uptightees…lighten up it is just a picture and the hangy tree animal is not the au pair!

    HAPPY 4TH!

  61. This orangutan’s trying my patience.
    I’m tired of his poor imitations
    Of the way that I crawl
    And my dear little doll,
    And I abhor how he wastes my libations!

  62. Mr. Mucky McNufferson huffs
    His bellicose cheek outward puffs
    He raises his ire
    With indignant fire
    And says to the comments e-NUFF!

    “I come to this site for the cute
    Like a marmie asleep in a boot
    Not a chimp with a kid,
    Or, the heavens forbid,
    The two of them sharing a snoot!”

  63. Total LOL at hangy tree animal. Very, very cute all around.
    I’m putting a baby kitteh to sleep today, so I need the sweetness to distract me until 6pm. :(

  64. That first pic melted my heart <3

  65. An orangutan and a young lass,
    Spend long afternoons on the grass.
    The affectionate two
    Play like all best friends do,
    Games no other creatures surpass.

  66. Theresa – perfect!! Thanks!! I can just picture that adorable little girl saying “Whassup!” to the orang.

    We’re with you, debg.

  67. Aww Kara. I’m sorry about your kitten.

  68. @ berthaservant: ROFL!

  69. Paunchie says:

    GAWD. I love the kissy photo. I bet the ape things she’s just another pale ape with less hair. And she does look like Cindy Lou Hoo!

  70. gravyboat says:

    The bottom pic…that baby ape…ZOMG!!!

  71. Lula Mae says:

    ‘T was a surprise for Jean and Adele
    when one day, their parents said: Well -
    we have to stop it,
    one of you’s adopted
    but which one, we just won’t tell!

  72. gillian says:

    cute little orang
    you are really my best friend
    much more than barbie

    my young orang pal
    good times we share are lovely
    dont miss my brother

    no not a monkey
    i am an orangutan
    your endangered friend

  73. katelyn says:

    my tea party friend
    your hair is lovely and red
    just like mine, my love

    love your so round face
    your long arms envelop me
    my warm hairy pal

    the good times that we share
    you warm my heart my fine friend
    we share fist bumps now

  74. There was once a young ape and a girl
    Who decided to conquer the world.
    But the world, quite annoyed,
    Said, “A picnic’s a joy!”
    And thus tea party plans were unfurled.

  75. Mental Mouse says:

    It is very sweet, but also kind of temporary. For the moment, they’re probably about matched in strength, but in, say, a couple of years, the orang will be much stronger than her, to the point of being a somewhat hazardous playmate. Meanwhile, the girl will be smarter and more socially capable than he will ever be.

    This reminds me of a mid-century experiment, where Dr. Kieth and Cathy Hayes set out to raise a chimpanzee (Viki) as if it were a human child. Cathy Hayes published a couple of books about it, the first of which was the 1951 The Ape In Our House. Sadly, it seems Viki died of an illness at about age 7. Strikingly, by the time the book was published, when Viki was 4, she was able to whisper a half-dozen recognizable words, on the order of “mama” and “milk”.

  76. earlybird1 says:

    @ berthaservant: Your poetic prowess impresses me! Well done suh! :D

  77. earlybird1 says:

    Plus, I learned what “bellicose” means. Not a bad day.

  78. Dear Mental mouse and Anonymous,

    If you follow the links from Kim and Paula H., and read the backstory, your fears will be assuaged. Little Emily spent just a few hours with the orangutan. She accompanied her father on a photo shoot at the T.I.G.E.R.S. institute, where the orangutan lives. You need worry for her safety no longer; instead, just enjoy the cute pictures and your holiday weekend.

    Love, cath.

  79. TracyFlick says:

    This is a children’s book waiting to happen. Someone do it. LOL!

  80. gail the second says:

    There once was an ape in the trees
    Who could jump and run round with ease
    But then came a big scam
    The ape sat in a pram
    (He was forced to, as well as drink tea.)

  81. nisielli says:

    Cute Overload is not for c**p
    like an ape sitting on a girl’s lap,
    But rather, for dogs,
    And occasional frogs,
    And kitties going flap flap flap.

    [I’d like to point out something here, you know, just briefly – Ed.]

  82. D’awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

  83. Thanks for the good wishes, everyone. Unfortunately, Dedalus Diggle experienced severe renal failure (probably from a congenital conditition), and he deteriorated so much, we put him down today. He was only four, and he was the only one of our 7 cats who got along with everybody else.

  84. Good thing it’s an orangutan and not a chimp like Meg said – chimps can be extremely vicious and you would have to be insane to let one near a small child.

  85. kibblenibble says:

    Oh, debg, I’m so sorry. (((hug)))

  86. earlybird1 says:

    Love and support coming your way, debg. {{{hugs}}} You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  87. A picnic on the grass
    For a monkey and a lass.
    They went for a stroll,
    A crawl, push and roll.
    Then sat close,
    Touching soul to soul.

  88. jesspug says:

    i love these pictures and am so jealous of that little girl. what an experience! i would love to have a tea party with an orangutan…

  89. Katrina says:

    Debg- you did the right thing, and he is no longer suffering. I’m sure you gave your friend the best life possible, and sometimes that means ending suffering. Best wishes to you and your family in this difficult time, K.

  90. Mental Mouse says:

    cat: Oh, I wasn’t expecting much else. It’s just that as the orang grows up, his human playmates will need to be proportionately older. IIRC, the chimp Viki at 3yo, would wrestle with a 12-year-old human. Who occasionally had to make it clear that biting was Not Cool….

  91. AAAAAAHHHH!!!!!!!!!! SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

    And my heart FILLED with blood!

    I am dying! Better than best!

  92. Lauralu says:

    I’m so sorry Debg, but you definitely did the right thing by not letting DD suffer anymore, my heart goes out to you and to DD <33 I know how you feel

    I don't really want to change the subject, but I don't want to double post either, however, I call matchingks on the first picture

  93. chelonianmobile says:

    “And may I add that’s one fine-lookin’ boy y’all are raisin’!”

    (I <3 Kevin Smith.)

  94. Kiragirl says:

    A party with tea, you say?
    How ’bout a roll in the hay?
    Oh, wait, you’re too young,
    and I’m not well hung,
    Come back when your dad says ok.

    (sorry, just go the rhymes in my head) ; )

  95. Is that little girl wearing mascara?

  96. why it’s Marilyn Monroe and Norman Mailer!

  97. While I admit that these pics are adorable, I just wanted to make everyone aware of the sad situation behind them. T.I.G.E.R.S is an institution that claims to promote conservation but actually uses animals for entertainment and profit. This orang was pulled from her parents under questionable circumstances. This is usually done because the birth interval of orangs is eight years, and some places prefer to shorten that by taking a mother’s baby away so she can give birth again sooner.

  98. Hi Meg,

    Yes, these pics are cute, but I worry that they give the public the wrong idea about keeping primates as pets. This is a very dangerous practice that should not be encouraged.

    http://hsus.typepad.com/wayne/2009/07/exotic-pets.html

    -polarchip

  99. I agree with Tamily,
    I find it really sad that of so many comments for this pictures, only hers pointed at the terrible situation of the wild animals kept as pets. (Not only is it bad for the animal, it’s also terrible for the environment depending on where they come from, and you can’t really trust the guy who’s selling an orangutan, when he tells you its parents died, can you?). Wild animals as pets are ilegal as well, depending on the species and location, etc.

    This should never be encouraged. I think it would be the right thing to do to add a little comment to the pictures (besides here in the comments section) to clear that up. Please consider doing this.
    Sincerely,

    Lara

    [Funny, this doesn't really scan like a limerick. :P - Ed.]

  100. i think this is wonderful
    wild and good behavior coming together
    to have a cup of tea
    and a walk in the gardens give
    the little girl a break
    love it

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