Looking at these adorable pictures it’s hard to believe that anyone would want to harm this gorgeous baby orangutan, but when he was found by International Animal Rescue Budi had suffered from months of neglect and was seriously ill.
Now being cared for by the charity’s team in Indonesia, Budi arrived at IAR’s Orangutan Rescue Centre in Ketapang in December, having spent the first year of his life being kept in a chicken cage and fed entirely on condensed milk.
A local from Kubing in Ketapang had informed the authorities that she was willing to hand over a small baby orangutan that she had been keeping as a pet. Rescue teams responded to the call immediately, and after a journey of more than 10 hours by boat and by road, Budi arrived safely at the centre.
Budi’s condition was extremely critical during the journey and on arrival at the centre. “The owner said that she was afraid to give Budi any fruits and thought that giving condensed milk would be sufficient,” said IAR’s Dr Ayu Handayani.
Inevitably Budi presented signs of severe malnutrition. His body was swollen up with fluid owing to the lack of protein. Initial reports from Dr Ayu state that Budi was extremely weak, unable to move and also suffering from severe anaemia. Budi is being monitored and observed round the clock by IAR’s team of vets.
“We cannot even imagine how much pain this small baby has suffered”, says Dr Karmele L Sanchez, IAR’s Programme Director in Indonesia. “His eyes fill with tears every time he’s moved by the doctors and he screams in pain. It’s really amazing that Budi has been able to survive this long.”
Budi is now making a slow recovery in the International Animal Rescue clinic. At first he didn’t have the strength even to sit up on his own but can now sit unsupported for short periods of time. He is also being treated for a severe metabolic disease affecting his bones. His limbs are malformed because malnutrition has prevented them from developing properly. Bu