When rescuers at International Animal Rescue responded to a recent call, they had no idea it would be “one of the most shocking cases of animal cruelty and neglect” they had ever seen. An orphaned baby orangutan, left to die in a cardboard box, had nearly been mummified by the sun and malnutrition.
Amazingly, the 5-month-old infant, whose name is Gito, was still alive. But there wasn’t any time to waste—he needed medical care, and he needed it right away.
A 5-month-old orangutan named Gito had recently lost his mother to a poacher and was living as a pet of the head of a village in Borneo. The small cardboard box he lived in had no cover from the sun, and it was soaked through with urine. Initially, rescuers believed him to be dead when they found him.
“He was lying corpse-like with his arms folded across his chest and this, along with a lack of hair and grey flaking skin, made him look almost mummified in his cardboard coffin,” an International Animal Rescue representative explained.
Gathering him up into their motorbike, the rescue team immediately embarked on the nine-hour trek to the medical clinic.
Despite the odds, Gito was able to survive the trip. Medical staff was waiting for him when they arrived, and following a short checkup, determined he was suffering from sarcoptic mange.
Gito was so weak, he could barely sit upright.
“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,” IAR’s chief executive, Alan Knight, relayed through a statement on their website.
For now, however, Gito is safe and recovering.
Still, he has a long road ahead of him…
Tragically, the number of orangutans in similar situations to Gito’s is on he rise, as nearly 80% of their population has been lost in the last 100 years. If you’d like help Gito and others like him, you can do so here.
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Source : boredomtherapy.com