Chantek, a giant ball of orange fur, puts a fist to his chin--sign language for orange.
"Give me the cup, Chantek. Then I'll give you an orange," trainer Lyn Miles signs back, motioning to the plastic juice cup the 450-pound orangutan has nabbed from her. He repeats the sign for the orange, again without success, then turns away.
Zoo officials have big plans for Chantek. Director Terry Maple and Miles envision a $1-million amphitheater where children could interact with Chantek through glass, but not in a way that would make him a performing seal. "I truly think this will be the most exciting exhibit in the world," Miles said.