Animals Video

By Taniya Dutta


This ingenious orangutan mum came with an ingenious way of protecting her youngster from heavy rain – by using a leaf as an umbrella.

The rare moment was filmed by a visitor in Mount Leuser National Park in the Bukit Lawang area of North Sumatra, Indonesia.

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Tour guide Eddie, who goes by only one name, was visiting the national park to see the mammals when it started raining heavily.

The 42-year-old noticed some orangutans from a distance picking up caladium leaves and using them as covers before he spotted a mother carrying her baby and hiding her under the leaf.

Surprised to see their antics, Eddie quickly captured the rare moment on his mobile phone.

Pic by Yuli Sepri/ CATERS NEWS

Sadly, he also spotted some orangutans taking shelter from the rain by covering themselves with plastic bags fished from a nearby river.

He said: “I was shocked to see orangutans taking large taro leaves, known as caladium, and covering themselves.

“I thought these were rare moments I have never seen it before.

Pic by Yuli Sepri/ CATERS NEWS

“I took photos and videos with my smartphone. I was lucky to capture this.

“There were also orangutans who took shelter from the rain by covering themselves with plastic bags they got from the river.”