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Today was the BEST day! Three different types of amazing animals native to Borneo. Banana pancakes on the roof overlooking the ocean before an early visit to the Sepilok Orang utan sanctuary, where baby orang utans are rescued, rehabilitated and then released into the wild. The sanctuary is unfenced, so some never come back, whilst others used to …
Well, the rain did stop eventually and after 5 days we even saw some sunshine.
We have experienced a whole range of emotions in north east Borneo:
we've been soaked through again and again and had to put on our wet clothes again for work sessions;
we've suffered at the hands (or perhaps we should say the teeth) of the …
... the tenderness displayed by each member of the troop, and without wishing to fall into anthropomorphic sentimentality, was reflecting on how our own societies could learn fro…
”**** me, is that a laser on the alpha females gut?” I was yanked out of my reverie.
Yep. Some of the guides were using laser pointers to assist customers to see the monkeys. Face, meet palm.
So we turned for home, and the ...
... production in the world and that is also massively evident when you look at how much has been cleared on the South of the island. We all use palm oil on a daily basis without even realsing it. It's in most food products but labelled as vegetable oil as opposed to palm oil. It's also used in most household products as well from soaps and shampoos to cleaning products. Anyway back to the Orangutans.
We arrived nice and early to catch the morning feeding at ...
... pint at possibly the most expensive hotel I have ever been in! For the afternoon we took a bus across the island (Dad tried to get on using his room key rather than Octopus card...) to a market before heading back for a slightly cheaper Italian and more beers.
The next afternoon Mum was arriving but we spent the morning looking around the space museum - a bit of a waste of time - before heading to the airport to surprise her. She was so surprised that she initially ...