The exhibit was intended as an example of the "missing link" between the orangutan and white man.
Some dude slaps an orangutan around a little,” says Rick, “and they ask for $800,000,000.
Sammy the orangutan has watched himself in Dunston Checks In, and he seemed to be interested.
1690s, from Dutch orang-outang (1631), from Malay orang utan, literally "man of the woods," from orang "man" + utan, hutan "forest, wild." It is possible that the word originally was used by town-dwellers on Java to describe savage forest tribes of the Sunda Islands and that Europeans misunderstood it to mean the ape. The name is not now applied in Malay to the animal, but there is evidence that it was used so in 17c. [OED]