Do you remember the case of Gito, the baby orangutan who was mummified and left to dieunder the hot burning sun? Children can suffer from such unfortunate circumstances, from abuse to neglect, and hearing such news bring a public outcry against those who place children in such conditions.
But when it comes to baby animals, many of them never get the care they need and pass on before they can reach their full potential. Thankfully, this baby orangutan got a second chance at life. He was found in a cardboard box in Borneo two miles from an orangutanrehabilitation base, and have been left out in the sun.
At first, the rescuers who found him believed him to be dead: he didn’t move and looked like he was mummified. But on further inspection, they could see that the baby ape was very much alive. He had been soaked in his own urine, was severely emaciated, and suffered from diarrhea and sarcoptic mange, which is highly contagious.
At first they thought it was going to take a miracle for this baby to recover. But recover he did. Named Gito, the orangutan was treated with coconut oil to soften his skin and relieve the itching. He was also placed on a drip to keep him hydrated in the meantime, as they weren’t sure he could start taking solid foods.
Less than two months later, you wouldn’t think this was the same animals. Gito has made an excellent recovery in such a short time and has started to display friendliness to those who opened their hearts to save him.
His recovery continues to go well, and with time, he could be returned to the wild once he becomes capable of taking care of himself. Please don’t forget to share his rescue story with your friends too.