from Coconuts Jakarta
It’s impossible to know why the orangutan in this video was trying to cross this perilous section of the Lesan River in East Kalimantan. It might have simply been exploring, but we’d venture to guess that it was driven by hunger or fear caused by the loss of its natural habitat, a danger more and more of Indonesia’s endangered orangutans face every day.
What we know for sure is that this primate was pretty lucky that a group of conservationists from the Centre for Orangutan Protection (COP) happened to come across it while it hung for dear life to save itself from being swept into the raging river’s waters.
This excerpt from a news article appeared in Coconuts Jakarta and the video can be seen here.