Friday, 18 July 2008

A rare and very special experience

Playing with an orangutan is not something we encourage, but there are occasions when the animal itself clearly solicits company and affection. At times like this it would be cruel to reject its appeal for attention. Often the people who keep orangutans, do so as if they are a trophy to be admired but otherwise taken for granted. "Haibi" seemed to know we were on a 'mission' to help him and did all he could to maintain our interest and affection and - despite being chained up for five years, he was so very gentle.