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Old 05-02-2024, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Newburyport, MA
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This male orangutan received a wound on his face, likely in a fight with a rival male. He then proceeded to treat his wound with plasters that he prepared from a medicinal plant found in his home area of Indonesia.



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"A few days after getting hurt, Rakus picked some leaves off a vine known as Akar Kuning that is abundant in parts of East and Southeast Asia. After chewing on them for about half an hour, he applied some of the plant’s juice directly to the wound, repeating the application over the course of seven minutes. At the very end of this process, he applied more solid plant material on the wound, like a kind of plaster.

He continued feeding on the plant in the following days, which he also dedicated to more rest than usual — sleeping about half of the time. The wound didn’t appear to get infected, and in a couple of days, it had healed entirely.

Akar Kuning is known for its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and pain-relieving properties."
https://www.statnews.com/2024/05/02/...dicinal-plant/
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Old 05-02-2024, 06:48 PM
 
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Wow. That’s pretty amazing.
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Old 05-02-2024, 07:58 PM
 
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Wow. That’s pretty amazing.
I think higher animals are a lot more capable than most people give them credit for.
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Old 05-02-2024, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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It’s freakin’ amazing and opens up a host of scientific research. Wow.
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Old 05-03-2024, 01:16 AM
 
Location: Pacific Northwest
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I read that story earlier today, very intelligent of the wild orangutan to know what plants have healing properties.
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Old Today, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Newburyport, MA
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It was decades ago, but I recall reading of a bear, I think it was in Alaska, that was observed packing a tooth abscess with plant material that had high concentrations of salicylates - aspirin like compounds that can relieve inflammation and pain.
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