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Early in the morning on January 7, 2015 our team from the Nyaru Menteng rehabilitation centre went to Tumbang Jiga Village after receiving a tip about an infant orangutan kept as a pet by villagers. Tumbang Jiga Village is located deep in the remote area of Katingan Regency.
Meryl was found in a very poor condition. She was weak and thin. The owner put her in a lanjung, a Dayak traditional basket made of plaited rattan, usually used for carrying crops or firewood. She could barely move inside the basket.
Examination and care
Meryl was gently examined and taken to Nyaru Menteng's clinic for further treatment. Initial examination by the veterinarian showed that the infant orangutan was approximately 8 months, yet she had spent the last 6 months in captivity. She was named Meryl, after the vet who had taken good care of her upon her arrival.
Back to life
Meryl had a fracture on her arm and was very vulnerable when she arrived at Nyaru Menteng - but she quickly regained some of her strength. After a few months at the centre she looked much happier and had regained her good health. At the centre, Meryl is now learning to survive in the wild in Forest School, and she loves being the centre of attention. One day, she will be reintroduced to the wild Bornean rainforest.
Watch video with Meryl from 2018
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