This is the second installment of a three part series. Read part one here.
We were tied up to the same dock where we’d eaten dinner the night before. A few crew members were up and about, while most of the other bloggers were still asleep.
In the trees to the right of the boardwalk, I spotted an orangutan. Her name was Sweet Hope, and for the next 40 minutes, she entertained us like no other orangutan we saw.
She played and posed, and approached us with curiosity and comfort. When it was all over, I looked back at the photos, amazed at the wide range of expressions and poses she gave us in such a short time.
Without a doubt, she knew she had our undivided attention, and she was going to have fun with it.
I felt strangely emotional putting these photos together, as if we formed a bond during our time together early that morning.
Our group would observe two more feedings, but none of those experiences would hold a candle to my time with Sweet Hope.
This is the second installment of a three-part series. Read part one here, and check back tomorrow for part three.
Note: My visit to Indonesia was in conjunction with a blog trip hosted by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy.