7 April 2010

Meet Sindi

Volunteer Paloma introduces Sindi, a rescued infant orangutan at International Animal Rescue's emergency centre in Ketapang, West Kalimantan.

Sindi enjoying a papaya fruitSindi is a female, around 3 years old, who was rescued on 21 February from a family about 5 hours drive from Ketapang. This family said they had had her for one year. She was in a little cage when Karmele and the team went to rescue her and the family said that they normally took her out of the cage to play in the garden of the house. However, when the team tried to open the cage, it was very difficult and when they finally managed to open it, Sindi didn't know how to hold Karmele. It is likely that she had been in the cage for a long time.

Sindi had to spend a month in quarantine, until the results of all the tests were available, and after that period she went to meet her new family in the baby school, meeting other baby orangutans for the first time.

Sindi and BungaShe and fellow female Bunga instantly became friends, and seem to be having a great time, playing together!

Sindi is a very independent orangutan, and often loves to be in the trees of the nursery alone, very high up, observing everything, but like all infant orangutans, she also loves playing and climbing with the other orangutans, and it's great to see that she, Melky, Bunga, Sigit and Monti have become such good friends, and Sindi looks really happy with them!

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