Thursday, September 22, 2016

Observing the Orangutans

After watching the Sumatran Orangutans for a couple of minutes I realized that they were basically the same as my family. The way that they interacted with each other ... either being super playful or pulling each others hair. One of them was definitely the instigator, yanking on the huge males body (assuming that was dad/"alpha" male).. he tossed him around a little bit and the instigator kept coming back for more. He must've gotten bored eventually because then he decided he was just going to hang on the ropes in their enclosure. While this was going on the mother of the little tiny one was holding onto her little orangutan and picking through the grass and putting it/whatever she was finding into her mouth. The little orangutan scampered away a little while later and began swinging from the ropes right into the dad.. pulling his hair as he swung away. The little one must've gotten a tad upset from getting no reaction from dad .. it looked like he was throwing a temper tantrum, laying on the ground.

The whole time I was staring at the orangutans I maybe made eye contact twice; they were very focused on each other and engaged in their "environment". They didn't pay attention to any of the crowds or any of the noises that were going on around them. By the time I was wrapping up my observations they were all heading inside, perfect timing!

1 comment:

  1. I saw this too! The baby was constantly playing with the lock while the other adult Orangutans played with each other and one just sitting to the side. They all seemed occupied with each other, like a family. Again, the Orangutans attract and engage the most people to their side.