View Full Version : Orphaned Orangutan Finds Friend

07-19-2012, 09:30 AM

Suryia the orangutan and Roscoe the dog were two 'lost souls' when they first met, but they became instant friends upon meeting each other. Both Suryia and Roscoe live at The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Orangatans are one of the most endangered species on earth, due to the rapid loss of their forest habitat to palm oil producers. After losing his parents, Suryia was so depressed he wouldn't eat and didn't respond to any medical treatments. The veterinarians thought the 3-year-old orangutan would die from a broken heart.

As fate would have it, when zoo keepers were out with Suryia in the park one day, they came across an old dog (Roscoe) on the zoo grounds. As soon as they saw each other, Suryia ran over to the hound dog and hugged him. The two bonded immediately, and the orphaned dog found a new family.

The pair have been inseparable ever since. Suryia always has to share half his food to Roscoe. The pair also share activities such as swimming. Swimming is one of their favorites, although Suryia is a little afraid of the water and needs his friend's help to swim. The zoo keepers say the animals have fun and interactions they don't get with anyone else - they're true friends.


07-19-2012, 12:23 PM
Articulate Ape would have had a ball in this thread.

07-24-2012, 01:57 AM
Articulate Ape would have had a ball in this thread.
Praying that he can come back on soon and see this and see his thread in the lounge and realize how greatly he is missed. I have to admit that the first thing I do when coming on the board is to click to see if he's been here to read any of the threads.

Animals are so wonderful. There was a remarkable friendship between an old dog and an elephant in an elephant sanctuary in Tennessee. The two found each other in circumstances similar to the little orang/dog clip here. They were inseperable til the dog's death.

Orangs are funny creatures. At the St Louis Zoo, if the vet missed an orang with a tranquilizer dart (needed to give a physical or administer meds), the orang would go to a corner, turn around, bend over, and offer the rear as a target. If the vet missed, the orang would pick up the dart and bring it to the vet so he could try again.

It's so wonderful to look at this clip after so much ugliness and sorrow around us (thinking Obama and Colorado's tragedy). There's still a lot of good in the world.