Sep
27
2007

Mugged by an orangutan?

I am not a crook: Orangutans are uniting behind the non-criminal activites of a Borneo sister who a tourist is accusing of attacking her at a wildlife sanctuary (Flickr photo by axinar)
I am not a crook: Orangutans are uniting behind the non-criminal activites of a Borneo sister who a tourist is accusing of attacking her at a wildlife sanctuary (Flickr photo by axinar)
The wildlife on Borneo is a little wilder than one tourist expected.

Earlier this week an orangutan in a wildlife sanctuary on the southeast Asian island did a mugging job on a tourist. The ape snatched her backpack along with stripping off her shoes, socks and pants. It appears to be a lone orangutan and not a gang-related activity. The woman also claims that the orangutan bit her, but wildlife sanctuary officials can’t confirm that happened.

Here are the details:

The woman was taking photos of a female orangutan when it reached out and grabbed her bag. The two had a bit of tug-of-war over the bag for a while before the orangutan ripped the woman’s pants. When the ape got her bag, he searched through it, apparently looking for something to eat.

The orangutan then took off her shoes and socks, and while trying to pull off her pants, she claims it bit her on the leg. Wildlife sanctuary officials did give her medical treatment for scrapes and bruises, but did not see any bite marks on the woman.

The orangutan has no comment on the incident.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Cammie Mudd's picture
Cammie Mudd says:

Wow. The orangatang must of been really hungery they should feed it more if it is trying to take food from people the people who work at the wildlife sancuary should feed the monkey more.

posted on Fri, 03/27/2009 - 1:06pm
Thor's picture
Thor says:

A wildlife sanctuary is not a zoo. The animals are wild and fend for themselves. No one is there to feed them. Instead, they live in a protected environment from development and hunters.

posted on Fri, 03/27/2009 - 1:09pm

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