2014-Nov_Hocky_005_kab_wmDue to a stroke she suffered before she came to the Orangutan Care Center and Quarantine, and possibly as a result of her initial capture when her mother was killed, Hockey is completely paralyzed on the right side of her body and is still plagued by regular seizures. But her disability doesn’t stop her from enjoying her releases! Hockey loves to visit the baby playground and take in the sights, sounds, and tastes of the surrounding OFI forest. However, Hockey is growing bigger everyday and carrying her out for her releases has been increasingly difficult. She has simply outgrown the wheelbarrow that once easily transported her to and from the playground.

2014-Nov_Hocky_004_kab_wm_lowresWe are excited to share the news that a current long term volunteer has designed and donated a brand new spacious cart just for Hockey! Hockey’s new cart, or “gerobak” as they call it in Indonesian, is specifically designed to accommodate her limitations. Cushions line the inside of the cart to provide extra support and comfort during her ride. The walls of the cart are high enough to keep her safely inside, but low enough that she can hold on for stability. Furthermore, with two tires this new cart is much easier to navigate over roots and branches than the wheelbarrow.

2014-Nov_Hockey_001_kab_wm_lowresHockey loves going on rides in her new cart. Since it is unlikely that Hockey can be permanently returned to the wild on her own, it is one of our new priorities to make Hockey’s life at the OCCQ as comfortable as possible. Thank you, Volunteer Allison Leach for Hockey’s new cart! It is gestures like yours that indicate how thoughtful actions can generate big dividends in ex-captive orangutan lives.

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7 Comments

  • Binti
    2014-11-27 at 9:53 am

    I’m glad to see at least that she’s got a much better life than she would have had normally even if she can’t go back into the wild…

  • charles
    2014-12-04 at 3:53 pm

    I’m so happy for Hocky. The cart looks great. God bless you Allison, the orangutans need more people like you.

  • Casey
    2014-12-05 at 7:21 am

    Allison you have done an amazing job with Hockey girl… Bless you and your kind heart x

  • Kristian keddie
    2014-12-11 at 7:13 pm

    poor wee thing

  • Karyn
    2014-12-11 at 8:57 pm

    Hocky looks like royalty in her new wheels. Her smile says it all. Title needs to be ‘Your a push over’ in a loving way to all staff and volunteers as Hocky makes her way into many hearts.

  • Deb
    2014-12-11 at 9:43 pm

    it was such a pleasure to spend a day with Allison. She and Maryita take great care of the orangs in the Enrichment program.

  • 2014-12-27 at 7:24 pm

    I love the smile on Hocky’s face. She looks so joyous to be headed out to the rainforest in her own cart. She is a sweet sweet girl. I loved the way she sucked the juice out of the orange slices I fed her in June. Thank you to everyone who helps Hocky have a good life.

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