Thursday, October 6, 2011

World's One and Only Orang-Utan Hospital

Situated in the heart of the Malaysian jungle, the Infant Care Unit at Bukit Merah Lake Town Resort - dubbed Orang-Utan Island - is a very special hospital. All of its patients are from the endangered Borneo species of orang-utans, the Pongo Pygmaeus. Without the facility, built in 2004, the species would probably be extinct. When they are a year old they will be moved to the infant development unit, where the animals are taught how to survive in the wild. A dedicated team of seven nurses care for the creatures, headed by one of Malaysia's most experienced vets.


Three-month- old June-Junior is hooked up to monitors and for drips


Dressed in a nappy, 10-month-old April chews her cot


The orang-utans get all the comforts of a hospital, including nappy changes and even cuddles.