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Fires that devastated large areas of Borneo continue to affect the wildlife that calls the heavily forested area home, leaving many injured, homeless, and hungry. Some of the most vulnerable animals are orangutans. Luckily, rescue groups on the ground are providing aid to help these them. Amond these incredible organizations is International Animal Rescue (IAR), which recently saved a mother and baby, who would likely not survived another week on their own.

Rescuers were first alerted to the mama and baby in need when villagers complained the starving animals were eating their crops. When IAR located the pair, they saw both were in grave condition. The mother, whom the team named Mama Nun, was severely emaciated, and her baby, named Nam, was starving because his mother was too weak to produce milk.

“It is amazing that, despite the fact that she was so skinny and weak, this mother was still determined to protect her baby. She had already undergone the trauma of losing all sources of food and shelter when the forest was destroyed and then she had to contend with being hit by an anaesthetic dart and caught in a net. The poor thing couldn’t know that we were there to help not harm her,”  said vet Ayu Budi Handayan.

Thankfully, Mama Nun and Nam are now recovering at IAR’s Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Ketapang. Both mother and baby are well on their way back to health, and Mama Nun is even producing milk again for little one.

In this case, rescuers stepped in just in time to save this family, but there are many more orangutans that need help. To support IAR’s care for Mama Nam, Nam, and rescue more orangutans in need, click here.



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94 comments on “Starving Mama Orangutan and Baby Saved From Decimated Forest (VIDEO)”

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Joyce Swearman
6 Months Ago

OH HOW SAD BUT GOOD ALSO


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Javen Morell
6 Months Ago

Stop cutting down the forests. We are not only hurting animals but ourselves....


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Jody Draznin
6 Months Ago

Heartbreaking that we are decimating their habitats. p.s avoid things containing Palm oil as the palm forests are being destroyed for our cosmetics, food products, health foods, etc. Good to be aware of what's happening.


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Jody Draznin
6 Months Ago

Heartbreaking that we are decimating their habitats. p.s avoid things containing Palm oil as the palm forests are being destroyed for our cosmetics, food products, health foods, etc. Good to be aware of what's happening.


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Marlies Arbolante
6 Months Ago

❤️


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Kat Sotomayor
6 Months Ago

and yet the forest are still being destroyed


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Eileen Rizzo
6 Months Ago

That's IT! Done with this group. I GET NO PLEASURE OUT OF SEEING THESE PHOTOS LIKE SICK PEOPLE DO! A simple tap to give option of viewing photos AFTER article is all that's nec. Sorry but I like to sleep. And viewing photos like this ONLY FEED A SICK MIND! By constantly viewing crap like this isn't GOOD FOR ANYONE! It has been scientifically tested! YOU MAKE PEOPLE IMMUNE to cruelty BY DOING THIS!!! It becomes NORMAL AND ACCEPTED! SO I WILL NOT BE A PART IF IT! Just FYI. I KNOW PERSONALLY GOOD PEOPLE who have helped with these causes SHUT THEM OFF FOR THIS REASON! IGNORANCE ! You spite yourself and the animals.


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Helen Verwey
6 Months Ago

Thank you! The world will get better!!! Everyone have positive prayers!! xx


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Kathy Sweeney
6 Months Ago

We can all help by checking labels and refusing to buy products containing palm sugar and let your grocers know this. Palm plantations are decimating the habitat of these intelligent beautiful animals, as well as the indigenous people who live there.


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Genevieve Dee Wiedenhoeft
6 Months Ago

ARE THERE NO SANCTUARIES FOR THESE POOR ANIMALS, AND AGREE WITH COMMENTS.


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