Wildlife: Injured orangutan self-medicates with medicinal leaf

Sumatran orangutans are highly endangered, with only about 14,000 left worldwide.
Sumatran orangutans
Sumatran orangutans

You're looking at before and after photos of the first wild animal to be spotted self-medicating a wound with a medicinal leaf, according to research published in the journal Scientific Reports.

Rakus, a male Sumatran orangutan, was photographed selecting leaves from a liana plant, which is recognised for its antibacterial and antiinflammatory effects.

Rakus chewed the leaves before applying the sap as a therapeutic paste to his cheek wound. After five days of applying sap, his wound healed.

One month later, it was completely recovered. According to the researchers, this is the first known occurrence of a wild animal responding in this manner.

Sumatran orangutans are highly endangered, with only about 14,000 left worldwide.

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Wildlife: Injured orangutan self-medicates with medicinal leaf

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