I’ve been a bit busy over christmas and only just discovered this in my inbox, sent from theÂ Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation:
Don’t miss the latest episode of Orangutan Island, tonight [21st Dec] at 8:30 on Animal Planet. For those not in USA you can still view a number of videos from the series online here: http://animal.discovery.com/tv/orangutan-island/video/video.html
Episode 7: ORANGUTAN 911 The rains have returned and mosquitoes are everywhere. Best friends Donald and Chen Chen are as close as ever, but when Donald refuses to play and is obviously lethargic, Chen Chen leaves him alone. As Donald’s condition worsens, the Teknisi realize he is ill and rush him off the island back to the clinic where he is treated for malaria. However, when the initial test results come back, the staff discovers that a mysterious illness has taken hold of Donald. The clinic is now in a race to find out whether this sickness is contagious. Does Donald have any chance of recovering? Unaware of his best buddy’s illness, Chen Chen sets off to find a new playmate. Using a mixed bag of tricks, he tries and eventually succeeds in piquing the interest of the intelligent female Yeyen. Meanwhile, as the clinic works hard to determine what Donald is suffering from, the Teknisi monitor the island, on guard for any signs of this mysterious disease spreading. Will anyone else become ill? If so, will this be the end of Orangutan Island?
Meet the Orangutans Donald Donald was brought into the Nyaru Menteng Rescue and Rehabilitation Center with Daisy. They spent a lot of time together during forest school until Donald ditched Daisy for a slightly more unpredictable buddy: the one eyed Chen Chen. Ever since, Donald has been happy to play in Chen Chen’s shadow; there are benefits in hanging around with a big, moody bully. Life on the Island Donald’s allegiance to the dominant Chen Chen allows him to go about his days on the island with a certain amount of ease. He usually receives the playful, tender side of Chen Chen’s mood swings and in return is always there to offer comfort to his one-eyed friend when it gets tough at the top. Stats and Quirks Character: Loyal Alias: The Apprentice Sex: Male Age: 6 ID Tips: Sparse hair on head and body; broad face with close-set, very almond-shaped eyes and pink muzzle Quirk/Dysfunction: Other than having a slightly heavy dependency on Chen Chen, Donald is pretty straight up and down.
Interview with Lone about Donald: http://animal.discovery.com/tv/orangutan-island/meet/donald.html
Chen Chen At Nyaru Menteng Rescue and Rehabilitation Center Chen Chen was like any other baby orangutan; playful, curious and always up for a wrestle. Tragically, during a playful scrap, Chen Chen pierced his left eye with a stick. His eye was so severely damaged veterinarians had no choice but to remove it completely. From then on Chen Chen became known as “The Pirate,” both because of his looks and a new, very changeable, personality. Through the ordeal Chen Chen became good friends with a younger smaller male called Donald… Donald seemed to be the only one willing to put up with his mood swings. Life on the Island Chen Chen has found himself in a new role on the island. He is one of the oldest, largest males making him top dog in the line up for dominance over the young community and he has no trouble throwing his weight around – especially when food and females are concerned. But Chen Chen’s status is fragile; when he is challenged in a dramatic face-off with the aggressive intruder Hamlet, he comes off second best. But long-time friend Donald is still his loyal supporter and benefits from the tender and playful side of the island bully.
He is very curious and enjoys exploring the island having encounters with interesting creatures including a cicada and a python.
Stats and Quirks
Character: Dominant, moody and curious Alias: The Pirate Sex: Male Age: 8 ID Tips: The only one with one eye; also has hairless patches on back Quirk/Dysfunction: Mood swings Interview with Lone about Chen Chen: http://animal.discovery.com/tv/orangutan-island/meet/chen-chen.html
Sneak peek videos http://animal.discovery.com/tv/orangutan-island/video/video.html
Please help support the orangutans of Orangutan Island and hundreds more looked after by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation. Visit www.savetheorangutan.co.uk or our partner in the States, Orangutan Outreach, at www.redapes.org It is not too late to adopt an orangutan or purchase a virtual gift in time for Christmas!