Charity releases images of baby Orangutan dumped in a cardboard box and left to die in Borneo

Atmosphere - An animal charity that rescues orangutans in Borneo has released heartbreaking footage of a baby orangutan that was dumped in a filthy cardboard box and left out in a backyard in the sun to die. The baby, who has been named Gito by the team from International Animal Rescue (IAR) who saved him, was so lifeless when they reached him that at first they thought he was dead. He was lying corpse-like with his arms folded across his chest and this, along with a lack of hair and grey flaking skin, made him look almost mummified in his cardboard coffin. Even the most hardened members of International Animal Rescue's team were shocked by the state the little orangutan was in. He was being kept as a pet by the head of the village of Hamlet Giet, Merawa Village, in Simpang Hulu District, about 170km from IAR's orangutan rehabilitation centre in Ketapang, West Borneo. Gito had been bought for less than £20 from a man who had almost certainly killed his mother in order to steal and sell her baby. He was kept in a cardboard box sodden with urine and fed entirely on condensed milk. He was severely dehydrated and malnourished. Gito was in such urgent need of medical attention that the local Forestry Department (BKSDA) allowed the rescue team to rush him to the International Animal Rescue clinic without waiting for a BKSDA official to accompany them. They set off at sunrise by motorbike and arrived to find the medical team at the centre waiting for the arrival of the sick baby. It was a relief to everyone that Gito had survived the arduous nine hour journey. Gito, who is only between three and four months old, was put on a drip to rehydrate him and given a thorough medical check up. He was dehydrated, feverish, with stiff hands and feet. He was also suffering from diarrhoea. Tests also revealed that he was suffering from sarcoptic mange, a highly contagious skin disease that causes intense itching and irritation. Treatment was begun immediately to relieve the condi - Borneo, Indonesia - Monday 19th October 2015 (28 Pictures)


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