Welcome – 28th April 2016
We are very excited to announce two new additions to our MIGS family – Peanut and Bidu Bidu.
Peanut and Bidu Bidu are Orangutanbabies sponsored by the MIGS community,through the kind donationscollected during our Animal Run in March 2016.
Although Peanut and Bidu Bidu cannot come and live with us here at MIGS,we will be receiving updates on how they are getting along at their home in Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Sabah. Watch the videos below to get to know our two new family members.
Growth Update as of 2nd December 2016
Peanut is growing well and has gained over a kilo in weight in the past six months. He is now barely recognisable from the timid and
frightened baby who first arrived at Sepilok. Although he is well-behaved most of the time, he does have a cheeky nature. As any four-year-old would, Peanut does sometime enjoy causing mischief to get attention, acting lazy and then delighting in all the encouragement his carers give him. Peanut’s latest trick is to wait by the door of the big daytime enclosure and as soon as it is opened, to push past his carer and make off intothe trees on his own. Peanut thinks this is great fun, but it is a positive sign that he is starting to move towards the solitary life nature intended for him. Once they are fully independent, male orangutans like Peanut will live alone in the rainforest, rarely coming into contact with any other orangutans.
Peanut still has plenty of growing-up to do but with his confidence and abilities increasing all the time, Peanut is progressing very well through his rehabilitation. Having already overcome so much, it will be very interesting to see what progress Peanut makes in the next six months.
Bidu-Bidu is now almost four years old and has excelled in his climbing lessons. He can scale trees of 30 metres high or more. As his confidence grows, Bidu-Bidu prefers the trees in the forest to practice on rather than the ropes in the nursery, which is a good sign that he is adapting to a life in the forest. His skills and confidence are growing day by day.
Although Bidu-Bidu is a popular little orangutan with many friends, he also enjoys his own company. His latest game is to put a variety of leaves and twigs in his mouth, pushing them out with his tongues if he does not like them. For now this may just be fun and games to Bidu-Bidu but it is a good way for him to learn to forage. In the rainforest, orangutans will forage for fruit, eating the flesh and spitting out the seeds. This behaviour encourages seed to be spread and dispersed throughout the rainforest, which in turn grow into trees and help preserve the forest habitat.