Hanging out in the jungle

Trip Start Jun 09, 2003
Trip End Jun 02, 2007

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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

After hanging out on the beach and trying diving again (without much success) we decided to head out of KK to visit some furry friends. It was a long six hour bus journey not helped with the addition of malaysian karaoke which has to be seen to be believed (and yes, I know, I've been subjecting poor innocent people to my attempts at karaoke all summer so I can't really talk, but believe me, this was bad!). Anyway we were eventually saved when they put a film on which was something to do with a police officer who could see the ghosts of murder victims. It wasn't actually too bad until the end when the girl he'd saved was squashed flat by a big metal container falling off a crane, I'm not sure it was supposed to be a funny film but we certainly laughed.

Thankfully we eventually reached Sepilok and checked into our lovely jungle room and then headed over to the Orangutan Centre. Injured and orphaned orangutans are brought here for rehabilition and are then released into the jungle. Twice a day food is provided and those who choose can come along for something to eat. I'm not sure that all the orangutans are there simply for the food. I think a lot of them where there simply just to show off in front of their visitors. One cheeky chap swung around on the ropes (ropes went through the jungle for the orangtuns to climb along to reach the feeding platform) and waved at a girl who was waving at him. Once the food was out there were quite a few orangutans milling around. There were also lots of cheeky monkeys hiding out below the feeding platform. Every now and again they would sneak up over the edge of the platform and steal some food. Most of the time they would get away with it, but hey I wouldn't like to get on the wrong side of an orangutan as one monkey boldly stepped out and grabbed some food. A huge orangutan saw him and leapt at him with his teeth bared - he scared me, standing 5 metres away, imagine how that poor little monkey felt. I turned to look behind me and there ambling down the walkway was a huge orangutan. Everyone else was busy looking in the opposite direction so I was able to enjoy the moment for a few seconds. I whispered to Claire to turn round but she didn't hear so I raised my voice slightly and it was enough for her and everyone else to turn around. Before I knew what was happening everyone had charged from one side of the platform to the other and the poor guy was subjected to the orangutan paparazzi. We hung around for a while after most people had left and watched as the orangutans swung their way back into the jungle. We decided just to head back over to KK the following morning so after a wander round the complex and some dinner we headed to bed. It was another long 6 hour bus journey back. Quite a long way to go just to see some orangutans but it was well worth it.
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