Dumped Baby Orangutan Rescued By UK Charity
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(© PA) Baby orangutan dumped in cardboard box
A baby orangutan found abandoned in a dirty cardboard box and left out in the sun to die in Borneo has been saved by a British charity.
The team from East Sussex-based International Animal Rescue (IAR) said that, when they found the baby ape, they thought he was dead because he seemed so lifeless.
He was lying "corpse-like" in his urine-soaked box, with his arms folded across his chest, his grey flaking skin and lack of hair making him look "almost mummified".
IAR officials said the baby - who they have named Gito - was found in the village of Hamlet Giet in Simpang Hulu district, 105 miles from their orangutan rehabilitation base in West Borneo.
He then had to survive a nine-hour motorbike ride to get to the IAR clinic for treatment.
A medical check found him to be feverish, with stiff hands and feet and suffering from diarrhoea and sarcoptic mange - a highly contagious skin disease.
The clinic started his treatment by putting him on a drip to help rehydrate him and he was massaged with coconut oil to help relieve the discomfort and soothe and soften his itchy skin.
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."
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."
Appealing for public donations, he said forest fires in Ketapang Regency had to a rise in the number of orangutans being captured and displaced.
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