The Clash Between Civilization And The Wild
The Orangutan Rehabilitation Center is an animal protection facility for the rehabilitation of wild animals. There, young, motherless orangutan orphans received food from humans and practiced crossing ropes stretched between trees. The point is not to have them perform circus tricks rather, the practice is important for an eventual return to the forest. Normally, baby orangutans learn what to eat and how to live in the treetops while clinging to their mothers. Overwhelmed by logging and plantation development, however, orphans ripped from their mothers' bodies are unable to learn anything. Moreover, many of the orphans suffered deep psychological trauma. Some stared with hollow eyes at a single point in their cage, some vomited their food, and some sought hugs. The staff acted as parents, watching over the orphans day by day. However, there are some individuals who cannot return, and continue living in the vicinity of the center even into adulthood. One day, I came across a strange sight in the woods. An orangutan was using a towel to protect himself from the rain. The scene looked to me like the appearance of a modern animal wandering into the collision point between civilization and the wild.