Oh, thy sweet orangutan
Thou rise along with the early sun
Pick the plump berries
Of the highest branch
And sing a short song
You are a progeny of thy great mother
Deserving nothing but the best.
You climb down from your lofty bed,
High in the tree tops
Listening to the glorious birds
As they play their daily interlude
Thy father is a tyrant in the group
Everyone show great fear of him
He has broad, noble flanges*
That he shakes
When he is about to unleash wrath
Yet, he is still sweet to you,
As you are his favorite daughter
You have an odious brother,
Who always scare the beautiful parrots
Away at dawn
He also makes lamentable decisions
Such as when he tried to eat
The most poisonous berry in the great forest
Oh how thy dear mother yelled at him
Thinking that she almost could’ve lost him
You also had a little sister
She was funny, doted, and sweet
She always made thou giggle and laugh
She would mar away her day
Spending all her time swinging in the treetops
Singing with the birds
But the poachers took her far, far away
Now you spend thy time frolicking in thy nosegays
Crying tears of great sadness, over the world thou live in
As the moon starts to wane
Thy mother comes to bring you to bed
Thy entreat her to let you stay up
Up until you can see the stars dancing in the sky
But she refuses
You climb into thy lofty bed once again
But this time to say adieu to the day
And all the time it has given you to live
You look up at the waning moon
And fawn over it’s greatness
And as you lie here
You wonder, if it might be smiling at thee
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Hey guys, I’m Ah Meng. And yes, I’m an orangutan. Today, I’m going to be telling you all about my life. I was born in Sumatra, Indonesia and I grew up like every other baby girl orangutan: playing in the trees, hunting birds and playing advanced hide and seek. But one day, we saw a dreaded truck pull up next to our home. I had heard terrible stories about these trucks as a kid and the plain sight of them almost scared me out of my skin! But I remained still on my mother’s back as I had been instructed. We hid behind a big branch, but the poachers saw us. My mom tried to flee, but the creatures in the truck were too fast. They pulled out a long, smooth tool of some sort, and aimed it at us. And suddenly it exploded, or so it seemed. A group of birds took off in surprise, and the next thing I knew, I was falling. They caught me, and took me inside and drove off. I don’t know what had happened to my mother, but I remember that I wished she was okay.
They drove me to a market, and there I was sold. I gathered that I had been smuggled into the city illegally, but it wasn’t the Indonesia I was used to. No trees, no birds, and no other orangutans; only humans. I was bought as a pet, and I stayed in that home until I was eleven. It wasn’t too bad, and I learned to draw and interact with the humans, but I still missed my own kind. Then one day, a veterinarian came to get me. She brought me to Singapore Zoo in 1971. This was the place of my dreams; with trees and other orangutans! I fell in love with everyone immediately, even the people. They loved being with me, and I was used to them since I had been with humans almost my whole life. Soon, I was the icon of Singapore Zoo. My favorite human however was Alagappasamy Chellaiyah. He was my keeper and personal entertainer! We played together, ate together, and we always had a great time! We were the best of friends, and I think my life would have been boring without him. Even though Alagappasamy Chellaiyah was very old, the Singapore zoo staff refused to fire him because of his good relationship with me. One time, a visitor was talking to him for a really long time that I got jealous and attacked him. That was the worst thing I have ever done and I was extremely embarrassed.
Alagappasamy had to leave eventually though, and it broke my heart. But I learned to interact with the others though, so I guess that was good. I also forgot to mention that during my stay in Singapore Zoo I had five children, two boys and three girls. And in 1990, I had my first grandchild.
Ah Mend died on February 8th, 2008. She had many ups and downs in her life but she has been recognized as one of the most amazing orangutans of all time. She has been in over 30 travel films and 300 articles. Prince Philip and Michael Jackson also came to visit her. After she died, she was buried under her favorite fruit tree and there was put a life size statue of her in front of the zoo.
*Ah Meng is a real orangutan and most of what I said is true. I made up most of the beginning so that you could get a feel for the orangutan life. For more information on Ah Meng, please go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ah_Meng Thanks!
21 simple sentences
16 compound sentences
6 complex sentences
I would say that I write a lot of compound sentences naturally. I really like the sound of a compound sentence, and when I write it it seems so balanced. This can be a good thing if I’m writing something that is long and has to be very fluent, but sometimes I find myself writing compound sentences in notes which is a bit unnecessary. I would like to write less simple sentences in the future, and maybe combine them into more complex sentences. I don’t think it matters that I have so many compound sentences, as long as there are other types to balance them out. As a writer, I think this means that I like to keep everything organized and clear. I like to have two sets of information in one, or a cause and effect sort of thing.
BANG, and it’s dead
The guilt wells up inside me
I did what I had to do
To keep my family alive
Is that really so bad?
I throw the carcass into a sack
I drive with it to the market
I can’t look anyone in the eye,
As exchange it for money
Is that really so bad?
I drive back home
And my kids look at me in disgust
But they don’t understand,
That it’s what keeping them alive
Is it really so bad?
The next day I get dragged away,
By the local police,
My wife is screaming at them,
And I wonder if they just don’t understand,
That what I am doing is really not that bad.
I’ve been in jail for 14 years now
And I haven’t seen my family since
And now I know
That there is no excuse for what I did
It really was that bad.
Today I will be writing about the amazing discoveries that scientists have made about orangutans. Orangutans are one of the most intelligent primates on the earth. They have an amazing memory and extremely sharp senses that help them navigate the forest. These traits fascinate a lot of scientists so therefore a majority of the orangutan population is being kept at zoos, not only to entertain the visitors, but so that the scientists can research them.
In 2008, it was discovered that orangutans are the first “non-human species documented to use ‘calculated reciprocity’ which involves weighing the costs and benefits of gift exchanges and keeping track of these over time.” This was noticed between two orangutans in the Leipzig Zoo in Germany. The two orangutans exchanged gifts and kept all of them. This was a very big discovery because it shows us that their brains are capable of recognizing a gift and the act of giving back. Another great discovery that was made inside a zoo was that orangutans can figure out how something works and use it to their advantage. In Zoo Atlanta two orangutans learned how to work touch computer screens and have been playing games on them since. Personally I think it’s wrong to let them play video games. Zoos are supposed to create a natural environment for the species, not teach them how to work technology. Nevertheless, I think its amazing that they can actually play the games and use their fingers to control the screen.
However, before orangutans were studied at zoos, scientists observed them in their natural habitat. Here, they discovered way cooler things than what they found in zoos. In 1996 primatologist Birute Galdikas discovered that they actually keep a tool box and have a variety of sophisticated tools that they use throughout the day. One tool is a stick that is used to extract insects, another is a spoon-like tool to get the seeds out of fruits. Wild orangutans are also known to communicate acoustically. They do this by folding a leaf into a megaphone sort of shape and then making lots of noises. The leaf amplifies the sound and is believed to make other creatures think that the orangutan is much bigger than it really is. This is the orangutans way of letting others know that they are king of the forest. They also use small leaves as cups and big leaves as umbrellas during the monsoon season. This gives them an advantage over other animals because they have everything they need to survive. Unfortunately, they have no tool to help them escape deforestation. It is now our responsibility to make things right and provide a safe home for them.
This week I will be talking about the fascinating nature of orangutans. The long-armed orange creature has a brain like no other, and is also known as an anthropoid. They literally mean Orange Men, and they make their homes in the forest. These wise, intelligent apes can make tools, nests, and they can also develop the skills they need to survive.
The average male weighs about 300 pounds, which is twice the weight of an average female. Most orangutans are very cautious and timid, however they can also be extremely aggressive. They mostly travel in groups, but the males prefer to keep to themselves. Fights between males often occur if they meet very suddenly and a female is near. The winner gets the female, and they have a baby. A female orangutan can have a baby every 5 years, and she carries it around on her back for many years after the birth. When the baby is old enough, it goes along with the rest of the group.
At this stage, the baby is very rampant and loves to discover the world around it. It can climb trees and find its own food. During the next few years the orangutan will mature and learn how to avoid poachers and poisonous plants. They develop their senses more and learn how to make tools. One of the tools they use is a stick. They use it to find insects poke around with. Orangutans also use sticks for back scratchers and leaves for napkins. They also use leaves as gloves, so they don’t hurt themselves when they pick prickly fruits.
As orangutans grow older, the more time they spend on the ground. Here they find many different fruits that they can’t find up in the immense canopy. They eat flowers, leaves, bark and insects. When they are feeling particularly down, they might even eat soil. Soil contains many minerals that neutralize the acid and other chemicals in their vegetarian diet.
Orangutans are also very nimble creatures. They are very precise and independent, and they help look out for others. They work in teams and achieve great things together. They used to be peaceful, cheerful creatures swinging through the forest, but lately they have been aggressive and wary. They are frightened by all the atrocious things going on around them, and they want help. We need to preserve their species and do everything in our ability to help them. If we do that, then our ancient ancestors will stay with us on earth, and we can continue to study their skillful ways and amazing nature.
This week, I will be writing about why orangutans are endangered. They are being killed by poachers, hunters, and by forest fires. But mostly, it’s the deforestation that is hurting them. 100 trees around the world are being cut down every minute, and most of them are in rainforests. Habitat loss doesn’t only affect the orangutans, but thousands of other unique species. Another thing that hurts them is air pollution from all the trucks and machinery that cut down all the trees. The poor orangutans live in fear of all these things, and I’m sure they would be extremely grateful if you helped eliminate them.
So as I mentioned before, the greatest threat to the orangutan population is deforestation. Indonesia is the number 1 supplier of plywood in the world! It’s also a major source of hardwoods and woods for paper products. But 80% of the wood that is harvested comes from illegal sources. Because of all this, Indonesia’s deforestation rates are some of the worst in the world. About 85% of Sumatra’s forests have been destroyed due to illegal logging and Borneo is similar. In Borneo, scientist foreshadow that all the forests outside of protected areas will be destroyed by 2020.
Poaching has also become very big in the rainforests of Sumatra and Borneo. All the trucks and other machinery they need to cut down trees are being driven through the forest; making trails. That has made it really easy for poachers to just drive up and shoot the animals from their cars. Poachers are very elude and they make sure no one sees them. Some work in groups, and plan ahead so that they go hunting on different times so that their work is discreet. Orangutans are mostly being ‘kidnapped’ by not only poachers, but just normal people that either need money, or are bored. Some get orangutans and teach them circus tricks that they can perform on the street to earn money, others just have them as pets. But people that are looking for a pet don’t want a big, aggressive orangutan, they just want a baby. So when the baby is clinging on to it’s mom, they shoot the mom so it falls out of the tree, and then they take the baby. But most times, the mom lands on top of the baby, and the baby dies too. Then the poachers just go on and find another family to shoot. Female orangutans are only able to have a baby every five years, so shooting the mom and her baby is a big deal.
I find it truly incredulous that some people would shoot such a wonderful creature just to get money. Don’t they see what they are doing to the whole orangutan population? They are not meant to be circus animals or pets, they are supposed to be out in the wild! Right now the future for this species looks very bleak, but with your help we can stop this rivalry between orangutans and humans! Most people are dumfounded by all of this, but they don’t do anything! You need to stand up, and defy poaching and illegal logging!
* If you want to learn more or even adopt an orangutan, got to WWF’s site. WWF is a credible program that implores people to stop illegal logging and poaching.
I think the first step to become an orangutan-saver is always to have a special bond with the species. So I’m going to tell you all about them. Orangutans are more than just orange, cute, fluffy, big-eyed animals. They are creatures, a lot like us. If we have the right to walk the planet, don’t they?
Now it’s a proven fact that we evolved from orangutans and chimps. We share 97% of our DNA with the orangutans, and most of that DNA is exactly the same. We act like them when we are close to them, and they act like us when they spend time with us. One of the main things orangutans do when they are in captivity is to draw. This is a typical human thing to do and it just goes to show that their brains can work the same way as ours.
Right now, there are about 350 orangutans in captivity. There are about 15,000 left in the wild. I think keeping orangutans in captivity is like slavery. They should have the right to explore the world and use their intelligent brains to make their own discoveries. If you begin to think of orangutans as humans, then you will soon realize that everything that is being done to them is illegal! They are being murdered, kidnapped, drugged, and worst of all people are taking away their homes! Would you want that to happen to your friends and family? Imagine how the orangutans feel! They have lost everything, and they are on the verge of extinction.
All the deforestation, pollution, and poaching has taken its toll on their population. Now they only live on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. When I went to Borneo, I went to an orangutan sanctuary where they saved orangutans that had been captured, and taught them to be wild again. I saw babies clinging on to their moms, and I also saw the big, dark, flat-faced leader. Being with them really changed the way I felt about the world. People say that the world is the best, but is it really? Is it the best if we’re killing animals and destroying their homes, making them homeless? I don’t think that the world is the best, but with your help, maybe we can make it better. So think about all of this, and maybe one day you too will become and orangutan-saver.
Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia (Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre)
Semenggoh, 32km south of Kuching
Here are some basic things you can do to help save the beautiful apes:
- Adopt an orangutan! This is a great way to save the orangutans, one by one. You donate a specific amount of money to one orangutan, which is yours. When you do this, you keep helping the same orangutan and you pay for its needs, and food and so on. When you adopt one, you get an adoption package. This includes a little plush orangutan toy, a certificate and picture of your orangutan, and a gift box! If you want to adopt an orangutan through WWF, go to: http://www.worldwildlife.org/gift-center/gifts/Species-Adoptions/Orangutan?gid=24
- Another thing you can do is to make sure you buy certified sustainable wood, paper and palm oil. If you do this, then you are helping to stop illegal logging! This will also help the orangutans and make sure that they are in a safe environment.
- Finally, you can tell all your friends and family about the orangutans and their need for help! Spread the word!