Trip Start Jul 30, 2010
66Trip End May 29, 2011
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Photo-Op day. Let's treat Tsunami (a 6yr old Orang-utan) like a circus act. Let’s force her to sit on a stool and be prodded and slapped until she looks obligingly at the camera for a snapshot with
the volunteers. Let us strip her of her dignity.
Claire was visibly upset and we both spoke to Mas (the WOX facilitator) about how wrong, how demeaning and how sad we thought this pointless activity was. But the others on the project wanted their photo-op of them with an orang-utan; for one it seemed her primary motivation
for doing the project, that an topping up her tan on a beach if she could find one
On a more positive note we gave the food puzzle device we’d built to Tsunami – all the others are too big and strong and would have easily broken it – to see if she could figure it out.
She played with for a while; she showed intense concentration and interest in it for a couple of hours before eventually breaking it.
Oh well, at least we tried and we did provide one of the apes with a distraction for a while.