Orangutans, like other ape species, are known for their ability to understand and interact in nearly human-like ways. Even so, no one expected one particular orangutan to have such a heartbreaking and heartwarming reaction when he spotted a burn victim.
The zoo visitor in question is Darci Miller, a single mother of two daughters from Greencastle, Indiana. In May 2015 Miller had been burning garbage in her yard when the gas fumes that resulted caused serious burns to her arms, chest, and face. Miller’s lungs and throat had also been singed in the process.
As a result of her injuries, moreover, Miller was hospitalized for three weeks – nine days of which she spent in a coma. Then, after she had undergone several surgical procedures, she was finally allowed to go home. At the time, though, she still required 24-hour care. And since being discharged from the hospital, Miller has had additional surgeries to help her regain more mobility in her neck and arms.