Wild Orangutans Make Medicine Out Of Plants

Wild orangutans have figured out how to make their arms feel better after hours of swinging from treetop to treetop in Borneo.

Scientists have just discovered the reason why orangutans have been chewing leaves of Dracaena cantleyi, a notoriously bitter kind of plant, only to spit them out. 

They aren’t trying to eat the leaves — they’re turning the leaves into medicine which actually acts as an anti-inflammatory agent.

Orangutan using half a coconut as a hat in Borneo
Orangutan holding baby in Borneo