Day 5 (am): Sepilok – the deep eyes

Here we go…continue here for the day 5.

We woke up early, solat subuh lepas tu jalan2 sekitar Sepilok Jungle Resort. The place is very clean, impressive gak la. Along ntah jalan ngan huserz control sampai macamana ntah boley terjatuh. Seb baik makcu got handyplaster hehehe…anyway, lps jln2 aku sambung tido blk sbb tetiba ngantuk.

Woke up again, join they all breakfast roti + scrambled egg tapi still lapar (especially angah) so kitorang order mee goreng (sbb kempunan last nite tak dpt makan). Mee goreng kat sabah nie ala ala maggi goreng la.

Pukul 8.45am jalan pergi Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. 5 minit je sampai. Feel healthy je kat Sabah nie coz asik jalan kaki je.

Kaunter tak bukak lagik so kitorang baca notice board – ada biodata orang utan. Among others biodata Mimi (the mom), Rocky (the son), Annelise, Boy, etc. According to the Info Centre, there are about 200 of Orang Utan there, but only around 20 of them that brave enough to come out during the feeding time.

Gate opened at 9am. Baru masuk sekerat dah kena tahan sbb bebudak nie seludup camera dalam beg! (camera kena bayar RM10). So diorang pergi isi dalam locker, free ajer pun. Baru lah dapat masuk. Baru jalan beberapa langkah, hubby nampak orang utan bergayut kat pokok. Jauh gak la kalau aku tak pakai spec tak nampak pun.

Sampai kat feeding platform pukul 9.20am. Terus duduk depan sekali sebab sedar diri ini pendek. hehehe..Berpeluh siot sbb takde angin plak dlm hutan tu. Abang2 pekerja dekat situ dah start ketuk2 tong biskut. Memula orang utan yg paling kecik muncul. Comel ajer. Pastu around pukul 10 dah ramai yg datang. Besar2 siott sbb ada yg datang dari arah belakang kitorang (so lalu melintas depan mata la), boley nampak tangan kaki die besor gilos. Ada gak yg suka attention, gayut2 and then berhenti tgh2 ala ala posing.

The best thing I observed is that their deep brown eyes. Very different with other animals, almost like human. No wonder we called them Orang Utan. They are adorable too, playing with each other. Ada yg buat daun as their payung. However, a few of them amik makanan and terus blah coz takut dkt Mimi as she has a dominant character.

During the feeding time, tetiba ada segerombolan budak ITM datang. Ya Allah memekak kuat giler! Dahlah tu, amik gambar sesama sendiri siap suruh tourist tolong amikkan gambar. Pastu proud plak tu explain something like “we are university students, doing research bla bla” Ugghhh! So memalukan! As the college students, didn’t they know they have to be quite so that those animals are not afraid to be there??? Pissed me off lar.

Along dapat banyak shot2 menarik (he was the only one that brought the camera along). Nnt aku upload kat fotopages, soon!

Habis tgk kitorang kuar pergi lepak dkt kantin sebab perut lapar balik. Mkn mee sup ayam cepat2 pastu pergi tgk video pulak at 11am. The video illustrated about the rehab centre, how it started, what their objectives and how they educate the villagers. Villagers dulu tak tau they cannot keep orang utan so some of them kept it as pets.

Ketua dr. veterinarian tu cerita (muka dia mcm karam singh walia) pasal seekor orang utan nie yg liarnya agak luar biasa named Mesuari – asik kena jab jer. Besar giler, masa diorang selamatkan dulu he’s barely alive. Tapi bila dah sihat susah betul nak control so diorang decide nak release kan die ke Tabin Reserve, a much larger place than Sepilok. Waktu release dia tu siap pi hantar naik helicopter lagik.

Other than Mesuari, all other Orang Utans are very loving. They are in constant need of love whereby the workers commented that it is very hard not to get emotionally attached. Young Orang Utan can only survive independently only after 6 years old, so before that they are in need of constant care. Hence survival at young age is very important to prevent extinction.

I think it’s weird to think that they are cute, to think those from Ape family is cute? But they really are. Irony, huh.

After video showing (Amin fell asleep half way during the movie!), we proceed to SJR utk kemas barang and wait for Nature Lodge Kinabatangan van to pick us up….to be continued.

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