We travelled for over 4 hours to get to the Orangutan Sanctuary, and just outside of the Sanctuary, our guide started to tell us the do's and don't; understandable when you are dealing with wild animals.
We were slightly concerned when we were advised that there is a 'naughty' Orangutan who likes pretty ladies and often takes their clothes off, leaving them completely naked. But in all of those acres of land, what were the chances?
As is happens, very high.
As we walked round the corner from the feeding station, the 'naughty' boy turned up and was quite aggressive, but we managed to pass in single file and off to safety in the nursery.
Taken back into the rainforest, we encountered the 'naughty' Orangutan again.
There were six adults in our organised group, with a guide, but there were very many who were not accompanied, who were wandering around aimlessly.
So when the 'naughty' Orangutan decided to attack one of the men in our group, we could not move forward as there was a total bottle neck in front of us.
Our guide had a whistle, and there was a guard protecting the Orangutans who had a stick, and the guard out-ran the rest of us.
This was not a random attack. We spoke to several guides who advised he does this often, and has ripped the thumb off of a ranger. He doesn't just take clothes off 'pretty' ladies, but also masturbates on them. This is not a 'naughty' Orangutan, but a really dangerous, strong and powerful wild animal who does not like men.
This was one of the most terrifying experiences of my life.
When we did get clear of the area, we were ordered back the way we had come by another Ranger. I'm not sure if he was aware of the attack, but again we had to pass the Orangutan.
The man who was attacked was taken to the café where his wounds were cleaned up by our guide, but there did not appear to be any serious medical help on hand.
As Sepilok are aware that this single Orangutan is capable of harming people, I really do not understand why he is still there; or why a serious warning isn't given prior to booking.
Unsurprisingly, the attack upset the whole group, and we were nervous throughout the remainder of our time there, unsure of where he was likely to pop up next.
Up until this point, the feeding of the Orangutans, and the nursery were lovely, but I am extremely angry that we were not at all protected and the guard ran off.
I would not take children to this sanctuary. The man that was attacked could have caught rabies or any kind of blood poisoning. The Orangutan could have killed a child.