The little orangutan, whose parents were killed in front of his eyes, was left to starve to an extent where his hair started to fall off.
Orangutans fall under the list on animals that are currently endangered and this is mainly due to the loss of their habitat. They are red-haired apes that live in the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra in southeast Asia and the rainforests are essential for their survival. With the excess deforestation that is taking place, these apes are losing their homes and are declining in number faster than ever. Another reason behind the rapid decrease in their population is poaching. Poachers sometimes even take baby orangutans and put them up for sale. These apes when in captivity, are not taken care of properly until and unless they are bought by someone. There are many organizations and wildlife conservation centers that are spreading awareness regarding the endangered species. They are also making various efforts to try and save the apes. Recently, International Animal Rescue helped save one baby Orangutan from captivity.
The little orangutan named Bujing, saw his entire world fall to pieces when he was just a baby. His family was attacked by a group of poachers and the little ape saw his parents and the rest of his family die in front of his eyes. He was lucky enough to survive but was taken into captivity by the poachers. The poachers intended to sell Bujing off into the pet trade. Illegal trade of animals is a huge business. Animals are captured and put into tiny cages before being shipped off to buyers for a certain price. The animals in captivity are rarely fed well or cleaned and taken care of.
The poachers that took Bujing into captivity did not have to wait for long before they found buyers for the little ape. An Indonesian couple who claim to be 'animal lovers' won the bid to buy Bujing for 500,000 rupiahs, which is roughly around $35. Once the ape was shipped off, he was taken care of very well by the couple, as though he was a human baby. Bujing was fed regularly and also given a bath often. The couple cared for him a lot until he started to get older. As he got older the couple felt as though he was very difficult to manage.
It is hard to have a pet but this does not mean that we should give up on them. If we really do love animals we would put in the effort to make them feel loved and take care of them. However, this Indonesian couple had other ideas in mind. When they felt like they had had enough of the Orangutan and could not take care of him anymore they chained him up outside their house. Once they chained him up outside, they stopped giving him regular baths or even regular meals. Bujing then started to escape the chains and steal food from the neighbors when he was starving.
One day, Bujing returned home from a neighbor's place with two deep wounds on his back that looked to have been caused by a sharp object. “At the time Bujing had not eaten for three weeks and the owner had treated his wounds with tobacco as traditional medicine,” International Animal Rescue (IAR), the group that helped save Bujing, said in a statement when they first found him. “Though the wounds have now closed, there is still visible inflammation.” The couple did not even bother to check up on the little Orangutan. If he hurt himself, they wouldn't even know and when they did, unless it was something serious they did not give it much attention.
When Bujing was five-years-old, back in 2014, his life turned around for the better. The officials from the local forestry department and a team from IAR received information regarding the little ape and rushed to his aid. “The rescue team was very alarmed at the condition of the orangutan,” IAR said in a statement. “Bujing was chained to the side of the house. He looked very thin and had no hair due to malnutrition, which had also impaired his growth.” According to them, Bujing would not have lasted for much longer and they seem to have come to his aid just in time.
“Bujing was extremely malnourished and emaciated,” Lis Key, PR, and communications manager for IAR told The Dodo. “It’s hard to imagine that he could have survived for very much longer in that condition." She added, “While we’re relieved to have removed him from his shocking situation, it’s upsetting to think of him living like that for so long,” The rescue team later informed the owners that it was illegal to keep Bujing as a pet and it wasn't a surprise to see the couple give him up so easily. Bujing was then transferred to IAR's rehabilitation center. "As the transport cage was not permitted on the boat, Bujing traveled [outside the cage] as a passenger with our rescue team,” IAR said. “He is very accustomed to humans so was very calm and well-behaved, wrapping himself in a blanket to keep warm.”
“Bujing was first put in quarantine, which is standard procedure for all new arrivals at our rehabilitation center,” Key said. “He was kept there for eight weeks while tests were run to ensure he wasn’t suffering from any contagious diseases. During that time he received nutritious food and supplements to improve his very poor physical condition. His feeding regime had to be carefully regulated because he was in such a severe state of malnourishment.” It has been four years since Bujing was rescued and now he has turned into a healthy and confident ape! “Thanks to the care of our veterinary team and the keepers at our rehabilitation center, Bujing’s appearance has changed almost beyond recognition,” Key said. “His body is strong, muscular — and hairy!”
The IAR team is looking forward to letting Bujing go back into the wild soon. They feel that he isn't fully ready as of yet and still needs to learn a few things before getting back out there. “He will be ready for release once he is consistently displaying all the natural behaviors he will need to survive in the wild,” Key said. “A team is currently monitoring him and gathering data on his behavior, and his progress is under constant assessment to make sure he will be fully equipped mentally and physically for life back in the forest.” Key concluded, “Bujing is making excellent progress on his long journey back to his rightful home in the rainforest, and it is really uplifting to see how well he is doing.”Disclaimer : This is based on sources and we have been unable to verify this information independently.