Don’t be afraid, Oscar!
Being afraid of something also happens in orangutans daily life in Tembak forest school.
Oscar is one of the bravest rehabilitated orangutans in Tembak forest school who is occasionally came closer to our staff and asked them to play with.
This time when our new behaviour staff named Haga (quite stout and tall) did his first time observation at Tembak forest school, Oscar looked little bit affraid of him. Oscar prefer to stay high above the trees and stay away from him.
Probably Oscar was affraid of him because that was their first time to meet one or might be because of Haga has bigger body than him.
(Text provided by Sintang Orangutan Center ®www.soc.or.id)
Beware of Caterpillars!!!
Meet with other animals such as bugs etc in the forests is something commonly happened for orangutans. It can be dangerous, fun, playful, or it can be very yummy.
One day in forest school, when Oscar joined with Joy exploring the woods, he then stopped to take a rest for a while. Not for long, Oscar then collected some branches full of leaves with the purpose to make a rest nest. While collecting branches of leaves, suddenly Oscar looked at a big hairy caterpillars on a leave he got. Oscar then started to observe the caterpillars for a moment by looking and trying to grab it. But he then make up his mind and decided not to catch the caterpillars because maybe he already knew if he get stung by caterpilars fur, he could get a very itchy skin. Eventually Oscar decided to leave it alone and moved over to another tree and forgot about making a nest. Knowing kinds of dangerous animals/bugs also one of the skills that orangutans need to have. In the wild, they could easily meet some real predators animals or poisonous animals and bugs, such as snake, bee, milipede, etc. By knowing the venomed caterpillars, hopefully Oscar got improved his skills to eschew from venomous animals.
He is improving his problem solving skills such as tool use to get food by using a stick for instance to dig for ants nests. Even though he is capable of finding food in the forest, he seems to have become slightly lazy doing it himself.
While exploring the forest floor at the Tembak forest school, Oscar saw something that caught his attention - a grasshopper! He tried to catch it, but the grasshopper kept jumping out of reach. Oscar wasn´t giving up that easily and eventually managed to knock him down and have him as a little snack, before he peacefully continued exploring the forest floor.
Grasshoppers form part of an orangutan diet. Orangutans are vegetarians, but they so also occasionally eat insects such as termites, ants and - grasshoppers.
The product from animals such as honey from a beehive is a nice treat, after you managed to source some with or without being stung by the bees, the later not always the most convenient way of getting your food. Molly learnt her lesson after being chased and stung by a swarm of angry bees who´s nest she sent tumbling down to the forest floor whilst attacking it with a dead log. Even with her swollen, she fought back and flattened several to make sure she got to her honey. Quite a sacrifice for honey..
Baby Victoria, who is still in Sintang, is fast improving her skills to catch insects. Normally when she got a piece of ants nest, she would bite it to get the ants out and then eat it. However, she had come to a tougher part of the ants nest that was too hard to bite through and had to device a plan. She grabbed some leaves with she wrapped around the nest to protect herself from getting bitten by the ants and smashed the nest on the floor. Her efforts paid off as the nest broke into pieces and ants came running out. Victoria now could eat them with ease from the leaves that functioned as a plate as well as protection.
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