Last week we brought you the story of Gito, a baby orangutan that was abandoned in a cardboard box and left to die. When this poor baby was found, he was near-death with a parasitic skin infection which caused his skin to flake and turn grey. Upon seeing the state of this little one, his rescuers even compared him to a mummy. Things were looking grim for Gito, but thanks to the diligent help of rescuers at International Animal Rescue (IAR), he is now doing much, much better!

As you can see in this video, his vibrant orange color is beginning to return and he is getting stronger thanks to his voracious appetite. IAR vet staff members are still sure whether Gito will make a complete recovery, but we know he is in the best hands possible.

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While Gito’s young life has been traumatic so far, he is considered one of the lucky members of his species. Due to the rampant destruction of the orangutan’s native habitat for the palm oil production, this species has become gravely endangered in the past few decades. IAR is doing amazing work helping to rescue and rehabilitate orangutans threatened by palm oil, but we can all take action by reducing or eliminating palm oil from our lives to help protect this species.

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