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In the lush canopy of Badak Kecil Island, amidst the rustling leaves and echoing calls of wildlife, Kheal, a remarkable orangutan, showcases her ingenuity in the face of challenges.

As the morning sun cast its golden rays over the feeding platform 6, Kheal was observed alongside her fellow orangutans, eagerly partaking in the supplementary food provided. Despite the tropical heat, Kheal’s health appeared robust as she energetically indulged in the nourishing offerings.

However, it was Kheal’s resourcefulness that truly captured the attention of onlookers. Amidst the feast, she ingeniously utilised spinach and long beans as makeshift head coverings, draping them over her head to shield herself from the scorching sun. This behaviour not only demonstrated Kheal’s adeptness in employing tools but also hinted at a keen awareness of environmental factors and the necessity for self-preservation.

With her improvised sunshade in place, Kheal gracefully ascended to the canopy, effortlessly navigating the verdant treetops, all while carrying her prized food. Her agile movements and strong sense of balance are a testament to her mastery of the arboreal realm.

Later in the day, Kheal was spotted yet again, but this time near feeding platform 3. Amidst the dense foliage, she appeared in optimal health, her sleek hair glistening in the dappled sunlight filtering through the canopy.

During the observation, Kheal’s foraging skills were on full display as she traversed from tree to tree with remarkable agility, effortlessly plucking tender young water guava leaves and relishing banyan fruits—a true connoisseur of nature’s bounty.

In Kheal’s resourcefulness and resilience lies a profound lesson—a reminder of the remarkable capabilities of orangutans to thrive in their natural habitat, even amidst changing environmental conditions. As we witness Kheal’s graceful maneuvers and ingenious solutions, let us be inspired by her perseverance and commitment to survival in the ever-evolving tapestry of the rainforest.

Teks by: Communication Team, BOS Foundation Headquarters, Bogor, West Java

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