This video from International Animal Rescue (IAR), tells the heartbreaking story of Udin, a young male orangutan stolen from his mother at just a few months old to be kept as a pet – confined “in a small, dark cage, with nothing to comfort him.” On being rescued and brought to IAR’s specialist Orangutan Center, he had sadly “lost the will to live” and his mind and body were “detaching from the world around him.” However, his carers refused to give up on him. They spent days lying on the floor by his side whenever he needed comfort, playing with him and doing whatever they could to lift his spirits.
Thanks to their devoted care, this beautiful boy is now on the road to recovery. But he is not out of the woods yet. IAR sounds a cautionary note: “Udin faces a long journey ahead and he won’t survive without us.” You can help provide for his ongoing care by donating to the organization today.
While Udin was stolen in order to be kept as a pet, this is not the only threat that his species is currently facing. As a result of industrial palm oil production – which has ravaged the once-lush rainforests of Southeast Asia – many people are unwittingly eating orangutans into extinction. Now concentrated in the Indonesian islands of Borneo and Sumatra, this species is clinging to survival. Find out how you can help them here.