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Orangutan Treats Wound With Medicinal Plant

Orangutan Treats Wound With Medicinal Plant:

An orangutan named Rakus in Sumatra (Indonesia) treated a facial wound with a medicinal plant called Akar Kuning (Fibraurea tinctoria).Scientists say they’ve observed an orangutan named Rakus appearing to treat a wound with medicine from a tropical plant. It’s the latest example of how some animals attempt to soothe their own ills with remedies found in the wild

  • This is the first documented instance of a great ape using a tool with medicinal properties to treat a wound.
  • The plant is known for its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal properties.
  • Rakus’ behaviour suggests that wound treatment may have originated in a common ancestor of humans and orangutans.
  • Great apes belong to the taxonomic family Hominidae within the primate superfamily Hominoidea.
  • Bonobo (Pan paniscus); Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes); Eastern Gorilla (Gorilla beringei); Western Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla), and orangutans (Pongo) are referred to as great apes due to their large size and humanlike features.