'Mummified' Baby Orangutan Saved From Cardboard Box By Charity
Gito, a baby orangutan, was placed in a cardboard box and left out in the sun to die in Borneo until members of the International Animal Rescue found him.
The 5-month-old infant was found in a urine-soaked box lying corpse-like with his arms folded across his chest. Thanks to his grey flaking skin and sparse hair, he looked “mummified” to the IAR members who eventually discovered him.
At first, the little guy looked so lifeless that his rescuers believed he was dead. But when they realized he still had some fight left, they traveled with him for nine hours and 105 miles to their orangutan rehabilitation base in West Borneo.
They soon named him Gito, and discovered he was seriously malnourished and dehydrated after only ever being fed condensed milk by his previous human owner. His flaking skin was the result of a painful skin disease called sarcoptic mange, which the team helped soothe with coconut oil.
“It’s hard to stomach the shocking state Gito was in when we rescued him,” said IAR chief executive Alan Knight. “Our team has seen a significant increase in the number of baby orangutans being kept as pets and some of them have only recently been taken from the wild.
“This is the result of the forest fires devastating Indonesia and leaving wild orangutans without food or shelter. Those that escape being burnt alive are left exposed and vulnerable, under threat of starving to death or being killed or captured by human beings.”
Thankfully, Gito has responded well to treatment and looks remarkably better after just one session.
“Gito is in safe hands now and receiving expert treatment and care at our centre in Ketapang. But tragically there are many more like him in desperate need of our help,” added Knight.