Orangutan rides bicycle to promote cycling safety

August 15th, 2011 - 9:05 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Orangutan rides bicycle Bangkok, 15 Aug (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Thai government has recruited an 8-year-old orangutan to be the face of the country’s road safety campaign. Thai authorities say the country’s traffic accidents are not acceptable and they have subsequently launched the campaign to reverse the trend and bring the numbers down.

According to unofficial statistics, about 559 road accidents take place in Thailand each day. The accidents account for the loss of about 52 lives with 516 injuries. The number is one of the highest in the world and the new campaign has targeted children who ride bicycles.

The orangutan can ride a bicycle and the animal always does so while wearing a helmet. Officials were impressed and they are encouraging children to have their helmets on when they get on their bicycles. Helmets protect the skull during a crash. Head injuries account for the loss of several deaths when accident happens.

The animal is named Bam and several pictures of the animal on a bicycle wearing helmet have been published in several newspapers. Bam’s bicycle has stabilizers to help balance the animal while riding. The animal lives in the Dusit Zoo and the government made the announcement of the creature’s new job on Friday.

Orangutan rides bicycle

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