Chili and friends (chapter 1)

Children's storytime

Written by Eka Cahyaningrum (BNF primate scientist) 

Today I travelled around the forest with my family. We had tasty fruits to fill our belly around the home range until we were full.

Getting tired, my family and I started to feel sleepy. It’s time to find a sleeping tree! We then travelled to our favourite sleeping tree in the forest.

Once we arrived, we heard that the sleeping tree area was really noisy! We could hear and see two groups of red langurs fighting each other. “Huh, we can’t sleep if this continues!” I said. So we decided to wait and started to eat again on the nearest fruiting tree. Yummy!

Before we finished eating, we saw a flanged male Orangutan approaching our feeding tree. Well, it can’t be helped since we normally eat the same fruits in this forest, so sometimes we have to run into each other. We know that since Orangutans are bigger, they need more food. So my family and I decided to move since our bellies are full.

“You can eat here Mr. Orangutan. We are already full and will find a place to sleep now. See you around!” I said to the male Orangutan.

Since the red langur groups were still quarrelling, my family and I decided to find a different sleeping tree – a quiet and safe place for the whole family to rest – before we continued our forest in the next day.

Male orangutan on feeding tree
Photo by Andrew Walmsley | BNF | CIMTROP


 

This is based on the event that happened last month. Group C usually sleep around 2 p.m, but when they reached the sleeping tree, 100m north from them we heard a kelasi (red langur) group interaction, and to the west, less than 100m away, we saw a flanged male Orangutan approaching to feed in a tree nearby where the gibbons would sleep. Group C ended up sleeping around 4 pm, but we lost them because they ran really fast and only managed to find their sleeping area 100 m from the previous spot.

Hari itu seperti biasa, Aku menjelajahi hutan bersama dengan keluargaku. Kami mencari makanan dan berencana berkeliling di area rumah sampai kami kenyang.

Setelah kami kelelahan mencari makan, aku dan keluargaku mulai merasa mengantuk. Saatnya mencari pohon untuk tidur! Kami akhirnya menuju ke salah satu pohon tidur favorit kami.

Saat kami sampai di pohon tidur, tempat itu sangat ribut! Disana kamu dapat mendengar dua grup kelasi yang sedang berkelahi satu sama lain. Huh, kami tidak mau tidur di tempat yang ribut tentunya. Akhirya sambil menunggu kelasi selesai berkelahi, kami memutuskan untuk makan lagi di dekat pohon tidur.

Kemudian belum sempat kami makan banyak, ada seekor orangutan jantan menghampiri pohon makan kami! Kalian tau kan kalau makanan kami hampir sama, jadi terkadang kami suka berebut makanan dengan orangutan. Tapi karena orangutan lebih besar dan membutuhkan makanan lebih banyak, aku dan keluargaku memutuskan pindah, karena perut kami pun sudah kenyang.

“Hey, kamu makan disini saja. Kami sudah selesai dan mau mencari tempat tidur.” Kataku kepada orangutan jantan.

Karena kelasi masih saja berkelahi, Aku dan keluargaku pun meninggalkan tempat itu. Dengan perut penuh kami mencari pohon tidur lain.

Ini berdasarkan peristiwa yang terjadi bulan lalu. Kelompok C biasanya tidur sekitar jam 2 siang, tetapi ketika mereka mencapai pohon tidur, 100m dari arah utara mereka, kami mendengar interaksi kelasi (lutung merah), dan di sebelah barat, kurang dari 100m, kami melihat orangutan jantan berpipi mendekati untuk makan di sebatang pohon di dekat tempat owa akan tidur. Grup C akhirnya tidur sekitar jam 4 sore, tetapi kami kehilangan mereka karena mereka berlari sangat cepat dan hanya berhasil menemukan area tidur mereka 100 m dari tempat sebelumnya.

 


Chilli and her family
Photo by Azis K | BNF | CIMTROP



 

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