This is your feel good story for this Friday!

Wildlife photographer Ian Wood has been capturing great apes in the wild for decades, but when a young orangutan discovered his hidden camera on a recent Borneo trip he got some truly unexpected results.

“I had decided to hide a GoPro camera near to where orangutans often appear, hoping to get some close-up wide-angle images of them in the forest. I figured that in the worst case, if an orangutan found my camera it would realise it wasn’t food and discard it.”

“So when a three-year-old orangutan picked it up I was amazed at the level of interest he showed.”

The orangutan accidentally took hundreds and hundreds of photos on the GoPro by pressing the main button.

“I was staggered when I went through the images and found a few which were remarkably decent photos.”

Photographer Ian Wood runs wildlife photography holidays and workshops to Borneo, Uganda, India and many other places.
He runs trips in partnership with the Orangutan Foundation, which is the foremost orangutan conservation organisation, saving Asia’s endangered great ape by protecting their tropical forest habitat, working with local communities and promoting research and education.

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