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Old 11-12-2007, 12:13 PM   #16
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Random but sorta related...I went to high school in Borneo (which is now called Kalimantan, btw, for the Indonesian side). One day, some poachers came by our campus with a baby orangutan they were trying to sell. He had lacerations on his head from when he fell as they shot his mother out of the trees. There's a market for baby orangutans amongst the upper-middle class, so naturally there are people who try to cater to that market. Anyways, our science teacher told them that he wasn't interested in buying the baby, on principle, and sent them away. But when they came back again, he decided that it would be better to buy the little orangutan so that we could save it from a life of captivity and give it to the orangutan preserve.

So for about a month we had a baby orangutan on campus. His name was Jack, and he was the cutest thing ever. He always had to be holding onto someone...you could never have him sit anywhere by himself. This made for some interesting times in class where he would be latched onto one of us while our teacher taught the lesson. He had little baby diapers so that he wouldn't mess on whomever was holding him, and we fed him baby formula in a bottle. Once our teacher worked out the arrangements with the orangutan preserve, Jack went to live back in the jungle...hopefully he's still out there swinging happily through the trees.
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Random but sorta related...I went to high school in Borneo (which is now called Kalimantan, btw, for the Indonesian side). One day, some poachers came by our campus with a baby orangutan they were trying to sell. He had lacerations on his head from when he fell as they shot his mother out of the trees. There's a market for baby orangutans amongst the upper-middle class, so naturally there are people who try to cater to that market. Anyways, our science teacher told them that he wasn't interested in buying the baby, on principle, and sent them away. But when they came back again, he decided that it would be better to buy the little orangutan so that we could save it from a life of captivity and give it to the orangutan preserve.

So for about a month we had a baby orangutan on campus. His name was Jack, and he was the cutest thing ever. He always had to be holding onto someone...you could never have him sit anywhere by himself. This made for some interesting times in class where he would be latched onto one of us while our teacher taught the lesson. He had little baby diapers so that he wouldn't mess on whomever was holding him, and we fed him baby formula in a bottle. Once our teacher worked out the arrangements with the orangutan preserve, Jack went to live back in the jungle...hopefully he's still out there swinging happily through the trees.

You are so very interesting....would love to sit and talk with you one day.

It is so heartbreaking what goes on with them. They are so human like it makes you think what they would do to humans.
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