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Orangutan Island Double Feature tonight on Animal Planet

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  • Michelle Desilets
    Don’t miss tonight’s episodes of Orangutan Island, featuring the orangutans of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation’s Nyaru Menteng Project. At
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 1, 2008
      Don’t miss tonight’s episodes of Orangutan Island, featuring the orangutans of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation’s Nyaru Menteng Project.
      At 8:30--River's Rewards
      Nadi's life hangs by a thread after her encounter with the deadly pit viper, as the vet team begins treatment. Meanwhile, the dry season has transformed the island's landscape, and the river banks now tower above the river providing a new playground.
      At 9:00--Rumble in the Jungle
      With the one year milestone for the ORANGUTAN ISLAND community looming, the orphans have made real progress in most of their forest skills but for one. A surprising number are not living in the treetops, which is vital for their survival from predators.

      Meet Nadi— As a baby Nadi spent her days in torment, locked in a tiny cage outside a house on the banks of a river. She was being kept as a pet but could barely stand up in her cage and was desperately malnourished. She was taken to the Nyaru Menteng Rescue and Rehabilitation Center where she began a process of growth and recovery, but her terrible past left her with a unique response to fear. Whenever she is afraid or unsure, she opens her mouth in a large yawn.
      Of all the orangutans transferred to their new home, Nadi was the most difficult to relocate. She was desperate not to get on the boat that would take her to the island. Lone suspected that the sound of the boat engine sparked terrifying memories of her caged existence as a pet. Since that first hurdle, Nadi has been going from strength to strength and is very independent.
      Nadi is the first to raise the alarm when danger appears on the island. She uses her characteristic open-mouthed pose that the others have come to understand as a signal that she is nervous.
      Although she is a small female, Nadi isn't afraid of putting the big boys in their place.

      Stats and Quirks Character: Wary, smart and bold

      Alias: The Alarm Bell

      Sex: Female

      Age: 7

      ID Tips: Dark face with raccoon eyes; distinct "V" hairline; yawns when nervous

      Quirk/Dysfunction: Opens her mouth in a yawn pose when she is nervous, angry or scared.

      Listen to Lone Droscher-Nielsen talk about Nadi: http://animal.discovery.com/tv/orangutan-island/meet/nadi.html
      A variety of video clips available here: http://animal.discovery.com/tv/orangutan-island/video/video.html
      Please support the work of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation. Visit www.savetheorangutan.co.uk or www.redapes.org.


      Michelle Desilets, Director
      Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation UK
      www.savetheorangutan.org.uk
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