Monday, 19 October 2015

Baby orangutan 'almost mummified' after being left to die in cardboard box is saved by charity

15:23, 16 OCT 2015
UPDATED 09:21, 17 OCT 2015
BY TOM PUGH

Gito the baby ape was so lifeless and in such a bad condition that volunteers thought he was dead when they discovered him

A British animal charity has helped save the life of a baby orangutan found dumped in a filthy cardboard box and left out in the sun to die in Borneo.

The baby ape was so lifeless when a team from East Sussex-based International Animal Rescue reached him that at first they thought he was dead.

Lying corpse-like with his arms folded across his chest, his grey flaking skin and lack of hair made him look "almost mummified" in his urine-soaked box.

IAR officials said the baby, who they named Gito, was found in the village of Hamlet Giet in Simpang Hulu district, 105 miles from their orangutan rehabilitation base in West Borneo.

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