Sadly, Ruthie is an orangutan with “issues”. After her mother was killed, Ruthie was kept as a pet and ill-treated, leaving her physically and emotionally scarred.
Ruthie had also been poorly fed, so she was very underweight when she arrived at Nyaru Menteng. If this wasn’t enough, she was expelled from Forest School because she started biting her classmates!
Fortunately, Ruthie started eating well; having an appropriate diet has definitely improved her mood and helped her recover from an infection. She is now learning vital nest building skills at Forest school.