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Orangutan in the wild applied medicinal plant to heal its own injury, biologists say
by Bill Chappell

NPR (National Public Radio)    Translate This Article
3 May 2024

On 3 May 2024 NPR (National Public Radio) reported: When a wild orangutan in Indonesia suffered a painful wound to his cheek, he did something that stunned researchers: He chewed plant leaves known to have pain-relieving and healing properties, rubbed the juice on the open wound -- and then used the leaves as a poultice to cover his injury. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of science, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

'This case represents the first known case of active wound treatment in a wild animal with a medical plant,' biologist Isabelle Laumer, the first author of a paper about the revelation, told NPR.

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