Get Well Soon, Danur!

After being reintroduced into the wild in mid-February 2013, Danur has shown amazing independence skills. This male orangutan with fully flanged cheekpads aged 17 years old is a dominant adult with a large build weighing in at 82.2 kgs. Danur, who is believed to be able to swim or at least wade, fell ill in early December, but thanks to the treatment he received from the Medical Team, he is now recovering well.


Danur has shown amazing independence skills -by Ike

Danur Seemed Unwell

The team has been observing Danur closely since September 29. They found Danur in the Posu Teneng area, in a sangkuang tree.  There were many orangutan nests in the tree. The next day, Danur was still in the same tree which had numerous ripe fruit. At that time, the team was also being busy with a new orangutan release event, but they were still observing Danur. The team found that Danur had moved to an area with an abundance of rattan and bamboo shoots, not far away from the sangkuang tree. Late afternoon, he was already back sitting in the sangkuang tree.


Vet Adhy tried to give Danur milk -by Ike

On December 2, the team observed Danur closely again.  His condition was concerning and he had lost body weight. Vet Adhy Maruli tried to approach him and offer him bananas in order to have a closer look at his condition.  His limbs worked well when being used to move around, but it didn’t make the team less concerned.  Danur had remained in the same place, Karangan Posu Teneng, for a few days now.  Some old nests were drying out and the fresh wild fruits were also running out, but Danur hadn’t moved anywhere. He stayed there until December 4.

Medical Intervention

On December 6, Danur’s condition had deteriorated.  He looked weak, his eyes were sunken and hollow and he hardly moved, even though when dusk came he still tried to build a nest in his tree.

Danur was already in his nest, we believe eating sangkuang fruit. But after waiting for 15 minutes until there was no visible movement, the team decided to intervene. Vet Adhy, assisted by Ike (PRM Coordinator) and technician Ibnu Marjono tried to give Danur bananas, corn and milk, which included medication (anti-worm and blood booster).


Danur rested and received food through the Monitoring Team. -by Ike

After finishing the milk, bananas, and corn, Danur defecated and urinated. His feces was full of sangkuang seeds mixed with blood.  After analysis, the Medical Team found Balantidium +3 and eggs of Strongiloides sp.  Both of which can be found in wild orangutans, but high levels can have serious implications.

Get Well Soon, Danur

On December 7, Danur started to recover, despite still being weak and lethargic. The Medical team continued to provide him with food supplements (rambutan, sugar cane, milk, and coconut) and medication (anti-worm and blood booster). That day, Danur finished four bottles of milk, six litres of water, 1.5 kgs of rambutan, three sugar canes, and three young coconuts. He rested and received food through the Monitoring Team. The next day, he looked so much better.  His eyes were not as hollow and his cheekpads were puffy. For the next five days, the team continued to provide him with food supplements and medicines.


Get well soon, Danur! -by Ike

According to the Medical Team, the parasites inhabiting Danur’s body were normal and could be found in any other orangutans. However, when the host’s immunity is decreased they can grow way too quickly.  For now, the Medical Team will keep observing him closely to make sure he has recovered fully. Get well soon, Danur!  We’ll be watching over you closely!

Source: Batikap Daily Monitoring, Monitoring Information and Treatment by drh. Adhy Maruly and Ike N. Nayasilana

Text by by: Monterado Fridman, Communication and Education Coordinator of Nyaru Menteng

Photo by: Ike


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