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Kumar: Wild and Free

Twenty-three year old, cheek-pad male Kumar was released into Kehje Sewen Forest on July 12 this year together with Imut, Ical, Belinda, Maureen, Abel, and Alejandro.

Our PRM team recently caught up with Kumar, and managed to briefly observe him going about his daily activities on a hill located far from his release point. Kumar was spotted eating young leaves and bark, and not long after went to rest in a big, strong nest he had constructed. The team waited patiently for Kumar to wake from his nap and make his next move.

Kumar’s Nest

Kumar woke up about an hour later and soon felt his observers’ presence, even though they were located quite a distance away. Kumar immediately showed his displeasure; his hair stood up on end and he threw branches in their direction whilst kiss-squeaked repeatedly. Not wanting to unduly upset him further, the team decided to stop following Kumar and leave him in peace.

Kumar kiss-squeaked to show his displeasure

Although this was only a brief observation, we are happy to report that Kumar appeared in good health and seems to be adapting well to life in the Kehje Sewen Forest.

It’s so great to see you wild and free, Kumar!

Text by: PRM team in Camp Nles Mamse, Kehje Sewen Forest

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