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Romeo the orangutan finally gets freedom

  • N. Adri

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 9 2017   /  01:10 am

Fare thee well, Romeo: Activists from the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) at Samboja Lestari carry Romeo, a male Kalimantan orangutan, out of his cage. Romeo is being relocated to Pulau 5, an island for orangutans who are going to be released into the wild.(JP/N. Adri)An orangutan named Romeo being spent almost a quarter of a century living inside an enclosure behind a clinic in East Kalimantan before finally able to put his feet on the ground again after being sent to a pre-release island on Monday.

Romeo’s past isolation was not imposed to deprive him of his freedom, but was merely a measure taken by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) to try to treat his Hepatitis B disease.

Romeo, a 30-year-old Pongo pygmaeus morio, one of the three subspecies of the Bornean orangutan, was one of the first orangutans to be saved by BOSF. In 1993 the foundation ...