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Burn Survivor Peels Back Her Bandages But She’s Baffled By Orangutan’s Reaction To Her Scars

by Amy Paige
Amy is the Director of Trending Content at LittleThings. She loves viral videos, her poodle mix Cali, and doing the robot.

In 2015, an Indiana woman named Darci Miller was outside doing yard work and burning trash when she was suddenly engulfed by gas fumes. She suffered horrible burns on her arms and chest.

After undergoing treatment at a local burn center, Darci and her fiancé Jason decided to blow off some steam and try to have some much-needed fun. So they headed over to the Indianapolis Zoo and wandered around the primate exhibit.

Darci, who was covered in bandages, noticed that one of the orangutans took particular interest in her. He left the group he was interacting with and walked over to a secluded window. Darci and Jason followed — and that’s when the camera captured something magical.

The second Darci moved in closer to the glass that separated them, the 12-year-old orangutan, known as Rocky, began studying her bandages.

“He wants you to show him,” Jason said. “That’s crazy! He wants to see it.”

Darci peeled back her bandages to show Rocky her burns and scars. Rocky was more and more curious, pressing himself up to the glass and pointing at her arms and chest.

The stunning interaction went on for 20 minutes before Jason even turned on his camera. As the minutes passed, fellow zoo-goers gathered around to watch in awe.

Zookeepers say that Rocky is a notoriously curious ape, and he was most definitely trying to communicate his concern and interest.

Watch the incredible encounter below — one that helped to re-instill Darci’s self-confidence in her healing scars.

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