National Geographic : 1998 Aug
Conflict Between Males When we came upon Rocky (left) on the forest floor one day, we saw new gashes on his right shoulder. His wounds could have been made only by another male's canine teeth, like those displayed by Rob (above), in the infrequent but sometimes deadly fights between males. Several weeks later when I was following Rob, I came upon Rocky again. He had become severe ly emaciated and was in no shape for an encounter with Rob. The two grappled and rolled on the ground until Rob finally left, leaving Rocky even further exhausted. The next morning we found Rocky curled in a ball on his side, his matted hair ORANGUTANS IN THE WILD giving little cover to his pro truding ribs. Around midday he managed to shuffle over to a small tree, where he grabbed a handful of fruit and collapsed again, slowly chewing without lifting his head from the ground (below). Sadly, I knew that he didn't have long to live.