Rare moment orangutan takes a wash in the river – despite risk of getting eaten
A photographer has captured the rare moment an orangutan takes a wash in the river – despite the risk of getting eaten.
The orangutan is rarely seen near water due to the risk of natural predators and so Jayaprakash jumped at the chance to watch the spectacle.
The freelance photographer also risked his life and entered the river to get the perfect shot.
Jayaprakash said: “Orangutans are generally very shy of water and are wary of predators like crocodiles and alligators, so this was a very rare moment.
“To start with he was very cautious and waited at the edge of the river approximately four to five feet deep for a few minutes before he decided to walk across with his hands in the air.
“I had to make a quick judgement call if I wanted to get into the river as I was a little worried just in case there were are predators.
“But I asked my friend Arbain to watch my back.
“He soon realised that I was in the river and hid behind a tree for a while, I was also hiding behind a tree just so that I didn’t scare him.
“It was amazing to watch him peep from behind the tree and after a while he seemed a lot more comfortable in my presence and continued to the walk through the river with his hands in the air.
“As I watched him I realised that while we continue to destroy their habitat, they are doing their best to adapt to the changing landscape.
“Personally for me as a nature photographer these are the kind of moments that gives me a high and I am glad that I am able to do my bit for these species through my pictures and stories.”