However, in practicality, it’s not quite as simple as that; these socialised orangs have learnt too much about dependency to find the going easy, however much money is thrown at them; along the way, one particularly accident-prone ape sucks stones thinking they’re nuts, sleeps on the ground (making himself an easy target for predators) and tries to eat a wasps’ nest. And, while Lona and her helpers are around to intervene, Emen the orangutan is a big lad and sometimes doesn’t understand when someone’s trying to help him. And all this is basically our fault. Plus ça change, right?
Fortunately, this film – which was first shown last night – has a happy ending, so for now we’re off the hook.