This past January, International Animal Rescue (IAR) released a distressing video of a rescued baby orangutan who had spent years living as a pet. The baby, Joss, arrived at IAR headquarters severely depressed, and would incessantly rock back and forth and bang her head on walls.
Although the IAR team believes it will take several years for Joss to fully recover from the psychological trauma of being captured and kept in captivity, the baby orangutan has undeniably made amazing strides during her time under IAR’s veterinary care. One of the most impressive improvements Joss has made is joining her orangutan peers at monkey pre-school!
In this video, you can see her climbing ropes, noshing on snacks, and stretching out those lovely arms she so often would wrap around her body anxiously in the past! We’re very glad to see that Joss has also made a new friend, Udin, and is being as sociable as orangutans normally are in the wild.
While Joss seems to be on her way to recovery, she is just one of the many orangutans in Indonesia who have lost their homes due to the relentless destruction of the rainforest. There are many things we can all do to protect these animals such as avoiding palm oil and supporting organizations like IAR who are working on the group to rescue and rehabilitate them. While these videos show that amazing results can happen when compassionate people come together, we mustn’t stop tackling this tremendous problem. To learn more about how you can act today, click here.