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July 19, 2016
Suddenly, movements could be heard coming from up in the trees. The team tried to identify the approaching individual by telemetry signal, but were unable to pick up a signal – this could indicate an orangutan released quite some time ago with an exhausted transmitter. Through observing the approaching orangutan’s physical characteristics, the team soon discovered it was none other than Juminten (with her round face and distinguishable hairline)!
Released in 2013, Juminten was last seen by our team on July 8 last year, when she was observed hanging out with Mona, another adult female released the same year (Read the full story here: A reunion with Mona and Juminten).
Lesan played with her baby nearby while Juminten ate the fruit.
After finishing her papaya, Juminten approached Lesan and her baby again and spent some time with them before continuing her journey through the forest alone.
Lesan then took her baby and climbed up in the trees to build a nest and rest together.
This friendly and peaceful interaction between released orangutans indicates to us they are living happily and comfortably in the Kehje Sewen Forest.
Text by: PRM team from Camp Lesik, Kehje Sewen Forest
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