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Joss, the adorable baby orangutan in this video spent most of her short life as a pet in Borneo until she was rescued by International Animal Rescue (IAR).

When Joss was first taken by the IAR, it was clear that she had a long road to recovery. The trauma of being separated from her mother had left her deeply unsettled. She would repeatedly throw herself onto the floor and bang her head against the wall. At the beginning of the video, we see an almost human fear in her eyes.

Jaclyn Eng, a veterinarian at IAR, explained why Joss was exhibiting such behavior: “She hugs herself constantly because she misses the physical contact and comfort she should still be getting from her mother. Her life up until now must have been very traumatic and stressful for her to behave in this abnormal way. Animals usually develop stereotypical behavior as a coping mechanism in response to a stressful situation.”

Now, thanks to IAR’s dedicated veterinary team, Joss is doing so much better – she can even climb a tree on her own! It definitely took practice and determination, but she seems to be getting the hang of it. Joss is still shy and frightened when meeting new keepers, but she has made leaps and bounds in her recovery. Her accomplishments are truly a testament to the absolute resilience of animals!

To read more about Joss’ story, click here.



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30 comments on “Rescued Baby Orangutan Who Wouldn’t Stop Hugging Herself Because She Missed Her Mom is on the Mend! (VIDEO)”

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Jeanice Graves
6 Months Ago


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Jeanice Graves
6 Months Ago


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Virginia Lucas
6 Months Ago

The problem is the politicians, they allow slaughters to destroyed palm tree for money


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Lefki Georgiou
6 Months Ago

Thank you! Bless her beautiful babes ☺


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Lefki Georgiou
6 Months Ago

Thank you! Bless her beautiful babes ☺


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Patricey Strong
6 Months Ago

bless her sweet little self..!!thank you..!!1


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Craig West Agee
6 Months Ago

Great story, glad she's doing better.


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Craig West Agee
6 Months Ago

Great story, glad she's doing better.


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Kate Drew
6 Months Ago

This is by far one of the saddest things I've ever seen. Thank you for helping her. Wtf are we doing to this world we live in. I will never forget what I just saw. I donate what I can and shop wisely. I have to believe ppl would stop buying palm oil if main stream media would out these corporations that are destroying their habitat. Stop the world... I want off.


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MJ Bettis
25 Feb 2016

You can't want off. Believe me I am angry too. So make the little corner you are standing on the brightest place there is, eat a plant based diet as much as you can. And be patient, transform your angry message into a positive one. It will work out. Peace and Plants.

Kate Drew
25 Feb 2016

Thank you m.j.

Kate Drew
25 Feb 2016

Thank you m.j.

Jared Howry
6 Months Ago

give um some coconuts


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