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    Default Orphan orangutans relax for the camera

    Dozens of orphaned orangutans have been rescued from the wild and taken into care.
    The baby monkeys have been picked up by International Animal Rescue and are now settling into their new surroundings at a rehabilitation centre in the West Borneo jungle.
    The youngsters have been saved from lives of cruelty and starvation - just in time for World Orangutan Day tomorrow.

    The orphaned monkeys are quickly settling into a new life at the rehabilitation centre in the West Borneo jungle

    Among them is baby Marie, a seven month-old weighing just two kilograms due to severe malnourishment.
    Marie was discovered by a fisherman after he heard her crying alone in the forest. When the fisherman realised he couldn't afford to care for her properly, he handed her over to the IAR.
    Sharing a new home with Marie are Rocky and Rickina, who have been inseparable since arriving at the centre in Sungai Awan, West Kalimantan.
    Five month-old Rickina has a scar on her head after suffering a machete attack in the wild.
    Rocky, who had been kept in a cage and starved by his former owners still struggles to overcome his ordeal, needing constant encouragement to eat and drink.

    Monkey business: Playing with sand and snoozing, the monkeys are a long way away from their former lives

    Some of the monkeys remain traumatised by lives of malnourishment and need constant encouragement to eat and drink

    Dr Karmele Llano Sanchez, Executive Director of IAR Indonesia said; 'When the forest is destroyed to make way for palm oil plantations, it's easier for hunters to find and shoot orangutans.'
    'These hunters kill the mother and other members of the family and take the babies to sell them into the pet trade.
    'People who buy orangutans to keep them as pets are as culpable as those who pull the trigger on the gun.'
    The association's Chief Executive, Alan Knight, said: 'This is a memorable and joyful moment for everyone who has been involved in building the centre.
    'The move to the new centre is a significant stage in their journey towards eventual release back into the wild.'

    The orangutans will spend time recovering at the centre in West Borneo before eventually being released back into the wild

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    Orangutans are so cute.

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    Who could be so cruel to such fabulous little creatures? So sweet.
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    That picture of them sleeping

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    The last one looks like he/she's smiling for the picture.
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    The first one looks like he's smoking a pipe lol. Such cute, gentle creatures.

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