While on a visit to the Bornean jungle Prince Charles took part in some dart blowing and touched hands with an orangutan.
The Prince is was visiting Sarawak, a Malaysian state, alongside the Duchess of Cornwall during a tour of Asia.
Upon arriving at the Sarawak Cultural Village, they were received by tribal dancers and given gifts of handmade beaded garlands. During his visit, the Prince discussed with tribal leaders how to preserve their traditions in an ever-changing world.
While meeting native tribesmen Prince Charles, encouraged by his wife, took the unique chance of attempting his luck at a tricky skill. He used a long pipe which rested on a stand to aim at a target; his wife reminded him not to accidentally suck the dart in.
Sadly, Prince Charles did not hide the centre of the bullseye. Despite this, he still did well enough to receive encouragement and praise from the tribesmen around him. As he continued his practice, the Prince wiped his forehead in sweltering temperatures and said: “I ran out of puff.”
He was informed by his instructor that a lizard could be hit with a dart in the wild from 20-30m. Pondering this information the Prince said “Do you lie in bed and practice on the lizards on the ceiling? I think I need some practice, but we are most grateful.”
As well as the Cultural Village, Sarawak is famed for its orangutan rehabilitation centre. The Prince travelled far into the Borneo rainforest to see the kings of the jungle in the wild.
Two orangutans descended from the tree as the Prince offered them a banana. Upon taking it, it appeared as if the orangutan and Prince Charles hands touched. The prince offered fruit to more of the animals.
The first orangutan, who had spent some time effortlessly performing the splits between two trees, returned to the Prince who seemed delighted in getting to see the animals close up.
Orangutans are threatened by loss of habitat via deforestation.
The Prince often promotes a sustainable future in attempts to help reverse climate change, deforestation and ocean pollution. The Prince’s Rainforest Project hopes to in solutions to deforestation that would be economically viable by providing benefits for people living in the forests as well as the ecosystems.