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If you’re looking for some cuteness, Green Monsters, you’ve come to the right place … but we have to warn you that in this case, the cute factor is tinged by sadness. International Animal Rescue (IAR) – an incredible organization that fights day in and day out to protect animals threatened by deforestation in Indonesia – posted a photo of two of the baby orangutans in their care. The image features Gito and Asoka, enjoying some rest after a tiring day at baby school – where they were taught the vital skills they will need before being released back into the wild.

Gito was first rescued by the IAR team back in October, after being found dumped in a cardboard box. He was suffering from one of the worst skin infections they had ever seen. Carers feared that he wouldn’t make it – but through a combination of IAR’s expert medical care and Gito’s own unbreakable resilience, this sweet boy eventually began to thrive. Asoka came to IAR weighing just 4.4 pounds. Both babies have now made incredible progress.

IAR said, “Gito and Asoka are usually up bright and early waiting for their 7am breakfast, but this is how our vets found them the morning after their first day in pre-school!”

This Image of Two Sleeping Orangutan Babies Has the Saddest Back Story You Will Ever Hear



While the photo is absolutely adorable (nobody can argue with that!) the fact that these sweet babies need to be placed in a sanctuary at all – instead of being cared for in the wild, by their own mothers – is heartbreaking. The IAR staff’s commitment to all of the animals who must come to them for help is truly breathtaking, but it is a searing indictment of humanity as a whole that Gito, Asoka, and all of the other orphaned or abused animals under the organization’s care were denied the opportunity to live as nature intended.

Sadly, stories such as these are commonplace for the animals of Indonesia’s diminishing rainforests. 300 football fields’ worth of rainforest are cleared every hour to make way for palm oil plantations. Illegal logging also accounts for approximately 73 to 88 percent of Indonesian deforestation and is driven by demand for wood products in developed countries. Sumatran tigers, Sumatran rhinoceroses, orangutans, and pygmy elephants are all being pushed toward extinction by the systematic devastation of their natural habitats.

To learn more about the work of IAR, visit their website or Facebook page. You can find out how to get involved here, or make a donation using this link. Want to know how you can make a difference in the fight against deforestation? Read up on some of the articles below.

Image Source: International Animal Rescue/Facebook

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37 comments on “Photo of Two Sleeping Baby Orangutans Tells the Sad Story of the Innocent Victims of Palm Oil”

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(B)ill (J)efferson Clinton
1 Years Ago

It\'s all Trump\'s fault.

Jo Gray
2 Years Ago

Use another planetary friendly oil

Reena Mathews
2 Years Ago

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Tracy Morison
2 Years Ago

These are the cutest Stacey Lucille Irvine

Judith David
2 Years Ago

My little adoptee !! Love them

Jeremy Cresswell
2 Years Ago

Poor little sods, reduced to living in refugee camps or orangs! Yet again, Hom fukkupus is demonstrating its prowess as the destroyer of everything that doesn't suit its purpose

Paun Elena
2 Years Ago

Let's correct this|: they are not victims of palm oil, they are the victim of less heart humans which control corporations. we do this to every single animal on this earth.So how we stop this? what about eating meat? what about awareness? what about not working for this companies? what about gathering all and go there? all this articles create just another negative emotion..better come with ideas how to stop this hell

Dea CatLover
15 Jan 2016

Eh, stop this by not purchasing products with palm oil. Why make it complicated when there are an easy solution?

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