This is the heartwarming moment a baby orangutan hugs its mother after conservationists saved the pair from a potentially 'deadly' encounter with local farmers in Indonesia.
This is the heartwarming moment a baby orangutan hugs its mother after conservationists saved the pair from a potentially ‘deadly’ encounter with local farmers in Indonesia.
Ris and her baby Riska had been straying dangerously close to a plantation in the Ketapang district of Indonesian Borneo in search for food.
Deforestation and devastating fires had destroyed vast swathes of the forest where they were living, forcing them to search for food on farmed lands.
Pure joy: Riska the baby orangutan looks very content, while its mother is still sedated, after they were rescued and re-released back into a Borneo forest
Hey mum, look, we’re free! Judging that the pair may end up in confrontation with local farmers, a team from International Animal Rescue (IAR) tracked them down to move them
However, this could have cost them their lives, as farmers are known to have killed orangutans who have destroyed crops in the past.
Fortunately, a team from International Animal Rescue (IAR) tracked down the mother and child so they could take them back to a safer part of their jungle home.
Pictures show the two monkeys in a safety net after being sedated by the rescue team, who can be seen carrying out medical examinations on the animals.
With Ris still coming to after the sedation, Riska joyfully hugs its mother and then lies on her belly, seemingly content.
Riska at risk: Ris and her baby Riska had been straying dangerously close to a plantation in the Ketapang district of Indonesian Borneo
Saved: Had they encountered farmers, the pair could have been killed for straying onto the plantation and damaging crops
Wake up mummy: Riska seemingly shouts at its still-sedated mother after they are released back into a safer part of the forest in Borneo, Indonesia
Free once more: With Ris still coming to after the sedation, Riska hugs its mother before they undergo health checks
Finding the pair in good health, the conservationists carry the orangutans back to the protected forest of Sentap Kancang.
IAR chief executive Alan Knight OBE said: ‘I applaud everyone involved in the successful translocation of this mother and baby out of harm’s way and into a safe, protected forest.
‘In the past we have witnessed the often deadly outcome of human-orangutan encounters and that is why we are forced to step in whenever such a potentially dangerous situation arises.’
According to IAR, visits from orangutans have increased in the area as more land is cleared, particularly since the fires in 2015.
All good: Finding the pair in good health, the conservationists carry the orangutans back to the protected forest of Sentap Kancang
Out you go: Ris is seen climbing out of a box and out into the jungle after being transferred
The blazes left the forest fragmented, isolating individual orangutans in areas where there isn’t enough food to sustain them.
Catur, manager of IAR’s Orangutan Protection Unit, said: ‘The distance between the areas of forest was too great for the orangutans to travel between them and there was too much human activity in the area for the orangutans to live safely.’
He added: ‘There was very little food available and so there was a high risk that the orangutans would end up looking for food on people’s farmland and in their gardens.’
Karmele Llano Sanchez, programme director of IAR Indonesia, said: ‘Degraded and fragmented forests make encounters between humans and people more frequent.
‘This increases the risk of conflict between them. If there is conflict, sadly both humans and orangutans will suffer losses.
‘Regrettably this kind of translocation is only a temporary solution and does not prevent similar cases happening in future.
‘The real solution is to look at how we and all citizens and all stakeholders, including companies and industries, can work together to stop deforestation and land degradation.
‘Our hope is that people and orangutans can live side by side without harming each other.’
Source: Daily Mail