London, Jan 3 (ANI): Surya, a four-year-old rescued orang-utan, enjoys riding on an inflatable jet ski at The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species in Miami, Florida, USA centre, which is its home.
Surya, who was dressed in a child's wetsuit to keep warm, enjoyed floating across the wide pool, waving at onlookers as the inflatable moved around.
Trainers at the centre put him in the pool every week to keep him active and challenged, and he enjoys splashing about with them.
"Suyra loves playing in the water. But he doesn't like getting his head wet, so he wears a lifejacket so he doesn't go underneath," the Telegraph quoted animal expert Dr Bhagavan Antle as saying.
"He is quite content when he's bobbing around on the top. And he loves the jet ski because he can look down on all of us," he said.
Surya and other orang-utans were introduced to water, by Dr Antle and his team of handlers, when they were just babies by playing in a large bath.
"The orangutans love playing in the bath. But they don't swim naturally and so if you introduce them to the pool, they'd sink to the bottom," he said.
"So we discovered wearing children's lifejackets helps to give them confidence. Now some of them can even swim without their life jackets.
"But Surya prefers the jet ski and he'll always head for it as soon as we get into the pool," he added. (ANI)