Humans have long been fascinated by all members of the ape family. Orangutans, second largest of the apes after gorillas, rank extremely high on our fascination meter. There’s no mystery about this. We look at orangutans and see ourselves. I felt the same way when I visited the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and watched the human like behavior of orangutans. This pair may have been mother and child, but to me their behavior screamed “best buddies.” Having successfully fended off the macaque monkeys on feeding platform, they turned their attention to
the man with the fruit-filled wicker basket. When his back was turned, they swiftly crept up behind him and tipped over the basket. Then, rather than compete for the booty, they buddied up to share the feast.
Want to know more about orangutans? Click on the following link to read my article about how to see orangutans in the wild on the island of Borneo.