Baby orangutan, Rickina, was confiscated from a man who claimed she was abandoned by her mother. The man also asserted that the big, bloody gash on top of Rickina’s head was a result of the baby accidentally bumping into his machete as he picked her up from the forest floor. But, in reality, orangutans would never leave their own kind behind. They would defend. And what are the chances that the man’s machete “accidentally” hit Rickina?
Although the true story of what happened to Rickina and her mother may never be known, the baby orangutan is now in the safe hands of International Animal Rescue, a partner of Orangutan Outreach, in West Kalimantan, Indonesia.
Orangutans are under threat as their home is being destroyed to make way for palm oil plantations. They are often killed, burned, or cast into the illegal pet trade as a result.
Luckily, baby Rickina is safe now. After a month of medical attention and some TLC, she meets her new family of orangutans for the very first time:
If you would like to help Rickina, please consider virtually adopting her for $10/month at the Orangutan Outreach website here. To find out more ways to help orangutans like Rickina, check out Why Orangutans are Going Extinct and What You Can Do To Help.
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