Please, before you go to sleep tonight, think of ways you can reach out and help all the creatures out there—–humans as well.
Education, preservation, conservation are the keys to protect all of our friends, including us, for future generations.
If you see any of these friends on your travels give them a hug. Well, perhaps not all of them…
Orangutans. The Malay word orangutan means “person of the forest.” These long-haired, orangish primates, found only in Sumatra and Borneo, are highly intelligent and are close relatives of humans.
Orangutans have an enormous arm span. A male may stretch his arms some 7 feet from fingertip to fingertip—a reach considerably longer than his standing height of about 5 feet. When orangutans do stand, their hands nearly touch the ground.
For a number of years I have been watching the interaction of three Orangutans at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. I am constantly surprised by their ability to approach challenges and to communicate their needs and responses to various situations.
This short video is of Chinta, 50 years old, playing with Godek. Godek is a male from Sumatra. As a 9 year old he is almost non-stop in his honing of his wrestling skills. His arrival has rejuvinated the two ladies, Chinta & Melati, who he shares space with in the large indoor/outdoor exhibit.
So, if you run into one of these kind critters be kind to them.