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January 24, 2017
Our PRM team from Camp Nles Mamse in the Kehje Sewen Forest were recently hoping to track down Cita, and after several hours of hiking up and down hills found her relaxing in the top of a tree. Sitting about 20 meters from the ground, Cita appeared to be in good health and was busily eating some forest fruits.
Thick lianas helped shade Cita from the hot sun, and she spent almost two hours up in the same tree eating sizygium fruits. Once satisfied, she moved off through the trees to explore other parts of the forest.
Cita moving through the trees
Cita stopped a couple of times along the way to consume different kinds of forest fruits; she also climbed down to pluck and eat shoots from the forest floor. She headed to a spring for a drink, and after quenching her thirst climbed back up into the trees to rest.
An hour of rest was enough for Cita, and she continued her journey through the trees. She stopped at one point to eat some termites, and at about 3 p.m. appeared to be building her night nest. However, she soon abandoned the idea and quickly moved to another tree to continue foraging for forest fruits. She started to build another nest at around 4.30 p.m., but again left it and took off to a nearby palm tree to eat. While enjoying her snack, she became startled and suddenly raced off. Seconds later, the team heard a loud buzzing noise – Cita was being chased by a swarm of bees, but fortunately managed to flee and avoid an attack.
Cita moves quickly through the trees
After feeding yet again, this time on pandanus shoots, Cita made a third attempt at building her night nest at around 5 p.m. The team kept a close eye on her to make sure she didn’t abandon her nest and roam off to forage again. After 20 minutes, it seemed that Cita had finally called it a day, and was staying in her nest so the team were able to head back to camp and share news of the days observations.
It was great to see Cita adapting well to life in the forest, and the team was especially impressed with her foraging skills.
Stay healthy, Cita! May you continue to thrive and live happily in the Kehje Sewen Forest.
Text by: PRM team in Camp Nles Mamse, Kehje Sewen Forest
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