Baby orangutan who was rescued after spending SIX MONTHS chained by the neck to a narrow plank of wood in a family's kitchen is now healthy and doing well at the International Animal Rescue Orangutan Centre in Ketapang, West Borneo
"Bonika" the baby orangutan's story back in November 2016 was rescued after spending six months chained by the neck to a narrow plank of wood in a family's kitchen.
The 18-month-old ape, named Bonika, was found chained so tightly around the neck that she was barely able to move from side to side.
She was left stranded on the plank after she was captured by Bapak Hendrigus, who found her in the middle of a palm oil plantation
now after spending 6 months at the centre "Bonika" is a million miles away from her past life...
Heribertus Suciadi, a member of the team in Ketapang, West Borneo said....
"Bonika - She is so smart! She learns quickly in pre-school where she spends her days playing and climbing with other babies. She has the natural instinct of how to climb up high in the trees, grab some branches and leaves to build a nest and how to socialise with other orangutans. At first she was a picky eater, she didn’t want to eat certain fruits or vegetables. But now, she will eat any kind of fruits and vegetables which the baby sitter brings to the forest! Bonika loves to observe the world from the top of a tree, therefore whenever the babies arrive at school she will climb up high then swing from tree to tree"
In conclusion - after her terrible start in life, Bonika is showing all the signs of becoming the perfect candidate for eventual release back into the forest. We’re thrilled with her progress so far!
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