Mut and Molly
Skipper and First Mate Millard (Big Bear and Pepe)
Sun 2 Oct 2016 22:47
Mut and Molly
Our guide thought there may be a good chance that an orangutan may have slept on the dock leading up to Camp Leakey. Straight after breakfast we pulled out of the bushes where we had spent the night and slowly puttered up the river. With no one else around we had the potential for something very special, fingers crossed. As our klotok, MaMa 1 pulled alongside the jetty we were in luck, from a distance all we could make out was a ball of fluff but very quickly our guide knew he was looking at Mut and Molly.
Mut is thirty one and at such an age Molly will most likely be her last baby. A gentle and capable mother, we saw her tender side, saw her kiss and coddle Molly and share the few treats she found with her daughter. Baby orangutans cry when they are hungry, whimper when they are hurt and smile at their mothers. They are capable of showing surprise, fear, anger and joy. Mother and baby will be inseparable for at least two years and Molly will not leave the care of her mother until she is about seven.
We spent three hours watching and enjoying mum and baby, then moved the boat a little way off to the other side of the river - that way we could arrive with all the other visitors and no one would be the wiser.
The thing we just can’t get over was how human these creatures really are, we share 97% DNA with them after all but their hands, fingers nails, _expression_............simply fantastic.
The unique thing about our experience this morning was Mut and Molly actually knew I wanted to take pictures, at no point did they turn their backs and they allowed some very special moments to be captured. Enjoy – we did.
ALL IN ALL AN AMAZING, PRIVATE TIME
INCREDIBLY LOVELY EXPERIENCE