Say hello to Britt…
She’s a 13 year old female orangutan and proud mother of Rony, the ginger little squidger who’s dangling from her neck.
Britt is instantly recognisable due to the permanent swelling around her right eye- the result of a disagreement with a spitting Cobra many years ago- which unfortunately gives her a slightly manic look!
We got to meet the inseparable and highly endearing pair (along with a few of their friends) during our visit to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. The reserve sits on the edge of one of Borneo’s largest rain forests and has been home to over 700 orangutans since it was opened in the 60s - its main goal being to return orphaned, injured or displaced orangutans back to the wild.
As part of the rehabilitation program, staff bring food out to a feeding platform twice a day so that any developing orangutans who live in the surrounding rainforest can ‘swing by’ for guaranteed grub. We got to watch this take place, but weren’t the only visitors… The local Macaque Monkeys have wised up to the feedings and come en masse to pick up any scraps- making for entertaining viewing and amazing photos.
Click on the shot above to see our Monkey Business gallery on Facebook. There’s also a short video below that shows the Sepilok shenanigans unfold.