Orangutans are not found in many parts of the world and while the rest of the globe wants to preserve and protect this magnificent creature and distant relative to humans, evil poachers and profiters in Borneo, an island in Indonesia, clear out their homelands to create palm oil plantations and kidnap them in the process.
When a newborn baby orangutan is taken away from their mother and sold as a pet by evil humans in Borneo, there is a good chance they will tragically never be able to live a normal life, but there’s at least one tiny baby who now has a second chance thanks to the amazing heroes at International Animal Resue.
“It takes a long time and it is not always easy to rehabilitate an orangutan and prepare it for release back into the wild,” said vet Adi Irawan, Operations Manager at IAR’s orangutan centre in Ketapang, West Kalimantan. Newborn orangutan Vena was kidnapped and sold into a life of slavery as someone’s pet, just like this 3-year-old who was recently rescued, but she evaded this death sentence thanks to her heroes.
However, this newborn was in rough shape when help arrived and it will take some time for her to start her life over.
“Baby orangutans require years to learn all the skills they will need to fend for themselves in the wild. It is also a very expensive process. We are currently caring for 108 orangutans in our rehabilitation centre and this places a huge responsibility on us in terms of care and cost.”
“Anyone who is offered an orangutan should certainly not buy it. They should immediately contact the authorities and report the person trying to sell it. And if people are not willing to cooperate by surrendering the orangutan, then the necessary action must be taken to enforce the law,” she concluded.
Baby Vena is now safe and out of harm’s way, but her journey toward health and happiness is just beginning. She is being treated by veterinarians to make sure the newborn doesn’t carry any infectious diseases before she meets the other rescue animals and can begin rehabilitation. We hope that someday this incredibly brave little orangutan can run free in the wild and not be bothered by evil humans, just as nature intended.
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[Featured Image: International Animal Rescue]