When Rahayu the baby orangutan arrived in April 2011, she was in a very serious condition. She had the worst type of malaria and this had affected her neurological system. During the first week the vets were very worried about her. She didn't show any visual reflex and she was also having convulsions. Thanks to round-the-clock care and appropriate treatment she finally recovered from the malaria. She started to eat and improve by the day, but sadly there was no certainty that she would recover from her blindness.
However, in the months that followed Rahayu’s condition improved rapidly. She developed a healthy appetite and gained weight steadily. She doesn't like milk but drinks water, Oralit and carrot juices which she loves.
As her brain was affected by the malaria she has been treated with lots of vitamins and a lot of carrot juices. Also, her eyes are visibly brighter and she has recovered the pupil reflex. She is very active as well: she can climb trees better than other orangutans and she plays happily with them too, particularly Sindi who is probably her best friend. Sindi is always protecting Rahayu and defending her from Puyol who is always trying to bite her!
As for her blindness, the vets think that undoubtedly she can see as she shows great skill climbing the trees and she can recognise parts of the trees as the leaves and parts as the trunks. When the baby keepers put food in the trees, she is able to climb up to get it which is clear proof that Rahayu is able to see. So we can assume that Rahayu's case is one of the happiest that we have dealt with, and we are really thrilled at her amazing progress!
By adopting Rahayu today, you are helping fund our activities to protect her and her friends from the threats they face. You will receive regular updates on their progress as they are cared for in our facilities, with the hope of eventually returing to the jungle.
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