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Pao-Pao. Pao-Pao was created by the Russian author Ilya Selvinsky (Umka) and appeared in the play Pao-Pao (1933).
A German scientist transplants the upper layer of a human brain into the head of an orangutan. The result is Pao-Pao, who the scientist teaches to become a proper communist. He succeeds, and Pao-Pao tries to help his primate brethren in the Moscow Zoo, but he is rejected by a gorilla, and when a Soviet scientist tries to rescue Pao-Pao the scientist is killed. The play ends with Pao-Pao holding up the body of the Soviet scientist, turning to the audience, and saying, “Now do you understand the meaning of life?”
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