Krista Miranda

By Krista Miranda

LifeBuzz Staff

Remember The Baby Orangutan Found In The Cardboard Box? Here's How He Looks Today.

One of the major causes of the destruction of wild habitats, and climate change, is global economic development. For those of us that live in urban developments, the problem may seem far away. But the struggle of this baby orangutan might help you understand why it's so important that every single one of us takes action.

International Animal Rescue

When Gito was first seen by the animal rescue team, they thought he was dead. The baby orangutan looked like he was mummified, and it was quite apparent that he needed help immediately. Unfortunately, the veterinary clinic was nine hours away. Rescuers weren't sure if he would make it, but they had to do what they could.

Looking Out For The Wild Ones

Looking Out For The Wild Ones

International Animal Rescue

International Animal Rescue is a non-profit organization with goals of saving animals in the wild from inhumane and life-threatening situations all over the world. From the UK, IAR has teams located in India, Malta, and Indonesia, where they rescue and rehabilitate animals. Little Gito was found by the team in Indonesia.

Poachers Orphan The Babies

Poachers Orphan The Babies

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The team was informed that there was a baby orangutan in the West Borneo village of Merawa that needed their help. But it was over 100 miles from their rehab center in Ketapang. It appeared that the chief of the village bought Gito as a pet, which meant his mother had most likely been killed by the poacher who took him. It wasn't the first time they had seen something like this, or at least that's what they thought.

Is He Dead Or Alive?

Is He Dead Or Alive?

International Animal Rescue

The rescuers arrived at the village and saw the little orangutan inside of a cardboard box in someone's yard. It was extremely hot out and Gito had no shade over him. He appeared to be dead. “He was lying corpse-like with his arms folded across his chest,” IAR wrote on their website. The baby was pretty much hairless and his skin was gray and flaking.

He Wouldn't Live Much Longer

He Wouldn't Live Much Longer

International Animal Rescue

The rescue team spoke to villagers and learned that the baby had been bought for less than $30 and he was only given condensed milk to eat. Gito and the box he was lying in was soaked with urine. It was apparent Gito would not live for much longer. But the law in Indonesia says that they couldn't take him unless a forestry official was present. The team made a vital decision.

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