Introducing Gito. He is a young orang-utang who went through a terrifying ordeal.
He was luckily saved by animal rescuers who were present. He was discovered in 2015 by the animal rights group International Animal Rescue, but they weren’t sure if he was still alive or not. The Dodo claims that although his mother was shot by poachers, little Gito lived. He was left alone in a little cardboard box in the relentless sun.
He had almost no hair left on his body when the organization discovered him. Some questioned whether he had been mummified.
He had a previous owner who purchased him for $30. He was just a few months old at the time, yet he appeared much older.
“We thought he was dead, at first,” International Animal Rescue wrote on their website. “Gito’s arms were folded corpse-like across his tiny body and he looked almost mummified in his cardboard coffin. Gito had barely any hair on his body and his skin was grey and flaking from sarcoptic mange. The constant itching and pain must have been excruciating.”
Workers from the animal rights group took Gito, the baby orangutan, as quickly as they could to the nearest veterinary facility after discovering him in the cardboard box.
The fact that he lived was a miracle. Gito’s crew worked tirelessly for nine hours to get him to the clinic, underscoring his skill as a fighter.
The veterinarians quickly realized that he needed a lot of assistance, including care for the serious skin illness he had acquired and work to make up for the general lack of attention he had had without his mother.
But now that he’s three years old, it’s hard to tell him apart from the ape that was abandoned to perish in a box because of the amazing work done by all the animal heroes involved.
What a survivor, coming out the other side!
Even though it took some time, his hair has now returned to its original orange color. Thankfully, his skin has recovered its health.
He is believed to adore fruit and various kinds of munchies. The fact that he is now in a location where he can be loved is the most crucial of all. He needs to get ready for that kind of life before he can be released back into the wild.
He is currently a part of the International Animal Rescue rehabilitation program because of this. Gito currently spends his days socializing with other orphaned orangutans that are approaching puberty in a wooded location. He might once more learn how to survive in the wild there.
The first six to seven years of an orangutan’s life are crucially spent with its mother in the wild. In addition to aiding in their correct development, this teaches them how to appropriately climb around trees and hunt for food.
“Animals are suffering and dying because of the systematic destruction of the rainforest, primarily for palm oil production,” Lis Key, communications manager for Bito’s rescue center, explained.
Little Gito will be prepared to return to the wild in a few years, she predicts. He is safe to play with his friends while being watched closely by people who care for him up until that point.
Few things have the same emotional impact on me as stories like this one. It is crucial that these groups carry on operating as they already do because defenseless animals, especially young animals, are particularly susceptible. We applaud everyone out there that supports animals!
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