We have truly loved watching all of the amazing progress that Budi the baby orangutan has made since arriving at the International Animal Rescue’s Orangutan Care Center. Budi spent the first 10 months of his life trapped in a chicken cage, fed only condensed milk, causing him to suffer from severe malnutrition that made it nearly impossible for him to move. Luckily, thanks to the wonderful care provided by International Animal Rescue, Budi is well on his way to recovery.

We have watched Budi progress from being barely able to hold up his own bottle, to climbing his way toward life as a wild orangutan … literally.

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Physical therapy and exercise are incredibly important to help this orphan regain all the strength he’ll need to live back in the wild. Climbing is an integral part of this species’ survival as navigating through the treetops is their primary way of getting around.

In this video, we see Budi and his caretaker working on the climbing for the first time. Just over a week ago, Budi was only taking his first steps, now it seems nothing is going to slow this little guy down. At this rate, Budi will be swinging from the trees in no time!

We’re cheering for you Budi! Great job!

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