England: British Charity Saves The Life Of Baby Orangutan Left For Dead In Borneo.




British charity saves the life of tiny orangutan left for dead in Borneo.

All photos – Standard and IAR.

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A British animal charity has stepped in to help save the life of a baby orangutan who was left out in the sun to die in Borneo.

The baby ape was so lifeless when a team from East Sussex-based International Animal Rescue (IAR) reached him that at first they thought he was dead.

The tiny creature had been dumped and left for dead in a filthy urine-soaked cardboard box.

Lying with his arms folded across his chest, his grey flaking skin and lack of hair made him look corpse-like and “almost mummified”.

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IAR officials said the baby, who they named Gito, was found in the village of Hamlet Giet in Simpang Hulu district, 105 miles from their orangutan rehabilitation base in West Borneo.

The baby oranguatan, who was dehydrated and malnourished after being fed entirely on condensed milk, was taken to the IAR clinic by motorbike in an arduous nine-hour journey.

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IAR chief executive Alan Knight said: “It’s hard to stomach the shocking state Gito was in when we rescued him.

“Our team has seen a significant increase in the number of baby orangutans being kept as pets and some of them have only recently been taken from the wild.

“This is the result of the forest fires devastating Indonesia and leaving wild orangutans without food or shelter. Those that escape being burnt alive are left exposed and vulnerable, under threat of starving to death or being killed or captured by human beings.”

During a medical check, Gito was feverish, with stiff hands and feet.

He was found to be suffering from diarrhoea and from sarcoptic mange – a highly-contagious skin disease.

To help relieve him, coconut oil was massaged into Gito’s body to soothe and soften his itchy skin, and he was placed on a drip to help rehydrate him.

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Mr Knight added: “Gito is in safe hands now and receiving expert treatment and care at our centre in Ketapang. But tragically there are many more like him in desperate need of our help.”

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Forest fires in Ketapang Regency have triggered a rise in the number of orangutans being captured, and an urgent need for funding to help continue the IAR’s work, Mr Knight said.

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