Somebody give that Orangutan a Labcoat.
It’s a discovery that was previously unknown to science.
What can we say about this orangutan? Well for one thing, he’s…
That’s for sure.
“For the first time ever, self-medication activities of orangutans has been confirmed through this research,” said Dr. Ivona Foitová, of Masaryk University in Brno Czech Republic and Gadjah Mada University of Yogyakarta Indonesia, and co-author of a recent Scientific Reports paper reporting this discovery.
“Pharmacological laboratory analyses revealed and proved leaf extracts of Dracaena cantleyi, which wild orangutans have been observed rubbing on their bodies, to have anti-inflammatory properties.”
Dr. Helen Morrogh-Bernard, Co-Director of Borneo Nature Foundation and lead author of the Scientific Reports paper, said “This is very exciting news as it confirms self-medication in orangutans, the first report of self-medication in an Asian ape, and for the first time, to our knowledge, the external application of an anti-inflammatory agent in animals.”
Source: Phys dot Org News
It’s the same plant that the locals have been using for the same purpose.
Who discovered it first?
We’ll probably never know.
Scientists have discovered that the same plant used by indigenous people on Borneo is also used by wild orangutans to treat joint and muscle inflammation.
Borneo Nature Foundation scientists have been observing wild Bornean orangutans in the Sabangau Forest (Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo) since 2003 and have collected over 20,000 hours of observational data.
What’s that mean in plain English?
They found some leaves, chewed it (without eating it) and made their own A535.
They rubbed it on sore muscles.
How cool is that?
Better still — are there some discoveries animals have made that we haven’t figured out yet?
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