One of my favorite show this year is Orangutan Island on Animal Planet. I never got into Meerkat Mannor, another popular reality tv show. But when I first saw the Orangutan Island, I found myself really drawn into the lives of the Orangutans on Orangutan Island.
One thing I like about it is that it’s remind me so much of MTV’s Real World (season 1 in New York, rest of them were just poor imitation of the real thing). Instead of kids without jobs, you have Orangutans trying to survive in the wild. The narration is so funny and fun to listen to and a great way to learn about Orangutans. (Also thank to the show, I can finally spell Orangutan on the first try.)
So, last week, the a giant storm hit the Island. As a result of this 2 of the Orangutans, Oyoy and Mogok, went missing. Now everyone was worried about Mogok because he is not very streetwise. Oyoy, on the other hand, is streetwise and knows a lot of things about the island. Everyone thought that Mogok might not make it, but Oyoy being so smart will definitely know what to do.
The scene cut to the technicians finding Mogok and I was so relieved. Thought he is not a major character in the show, it is always good to see that he is well. The reaction the technician had when he saw Mogok was very touching. He and Magok hugged each other when they saw each other. The expression on the technician’s face was of pure joy. These people really care about the Orangutans.
Since they found Mogok, I was all ready for them to find Oyoy as well, after all, this is reality tv where no one gets hurt! Also, he’s the smart one, he’s probably just hiding somewhere.
But it was not mean to be, the narrator sadly said that Oyoy had fallen off the tree and drowned. They showed a scene with an orangutan face down in the water. That was so sad. Everyone look so crestfallen.
Nature is certainly not pretty and happy all the time. Though the care taker was very sad, she said this is life, sometime bad things happens. People develop relationships with the orangutans, but this is the jungle, and unexpected things happen.
They showed a montage of Oyoy’s life. He was such a cute little guy! It is very sad that he died.
Here’s to you Oyoy. I will miss you!