When Trudeau arrived at the Orangutan Care Centre and Quarantine facility in late 2015, it was touch and go as to whether this little infant would survive. He had sustained severe injuries to his head, which was swollen and bruised, and one of his wrists was broken. Obviously he had experienced severe trauma most likely being forcibly removed from his dead mother, which can in itself lead to the death of these tiny infants.
However, Trudeau is a real fighter and managed to pull through over the following months. His wrist fracture healed and with gentle therapy, he regained much of the use of his hand. Although the strength in that hand is somewhat weaker than the others, with time his carers have noticed a huge improvement in how he uses that hand to crawl and swing. Luckily orangutans have feet which function exactly as hands, and so even if he does not regain full strength and mobility, he will still be able to survive very well in the forest.
Ibu Surti is one of the wonderful ladies who become the surrogate mothers of the infants in the nursery. She cared for Trudeau when he first arrived as a tiny baby, and although he is now no longer as needy, there is definitely a special bond between the two of them. At this stage of their development the focus is still very much on letting the young orangutans explore their environment through play and interaction with one another. The photos below taken in 2017 are a perfect example of how orangutan infants enjoy playing in the mud, as much as their human conterparts!
Trudeau with Ibu Surti
Orangutan Aid - helping orphaned orangutans and rainforest conservation projects.