Four month old Sura did not only suffer the tragic loss of his mother at a very young age, he also suffered the loss of three fingers on his left hand.

The baby orangutan arrived in Nyaru Menteng on 17 October 2013 needing not only urgent medical care for his wounds, but lots of love which was obvi¬ous from the sad and scared expression on his face.
His wounded fingers, which seemed to have been caused by a blow from a machete or knife were swollen and in a critical condition. After tending to these wounds, the medical team placed Sura in the baby quarantine quarter where he received 24 hour intensive care from three babysitters.

For the first few months Sura’s health was unstable and he repeatedly fell ill. His condition finally stabilized thanks to intensive care from the Medical Team in Nyaru Menteng.

Now Sura is healthy and has completely recovered from his wounds and illness. He has gained weight (from 2kgs to 3.6 kgs) and actively plays like other young orangutans.

Sura loves forest fruit and young leaves rather than the fruit brought in by outside sup-pliers which is a great sign that he still remembers part of his life in the forest. With the ongoing love and care given to Sura from our team, we hope that he continues to grow and thrive so that one day when he is old enough, he can again live freely in the wild.