Novi, the young orangutan was found chained beneath a house in Borneo, Indonesia by rescuers. He was starving and extremely skinny. He had no one in the company, but a dog, who was also chained just beside him.
Nobody knows how Novi ended up in such a place but the story can be guessed. It is most probable that people killed Novi’s mother for either destroying their crops or simply being scared of an animal so large. However, after killing the mother, someone must have taken Novi into captivity as a pet, which is illegal in Indonesia.
Novi’s owner probably kept him inside, only until he got bigger and harder to handle. Then, he must have been left outside, chained.
“The chain tortured him day and night for five years,” a spokesperson for the Centre for Orangutan Protection (COP) said. “It left a scar when we cut [it] off.”
However, in 205, the COP team found Novi and he was finally taken into care. They showered him with so much love and care, that it was enough for him to get healthy and strong. Then, he was taught how to be a wild orangutan again at Cop’s forest school. There, they taught him, for instance, the caretakers taught him how to build nests high up in trees and forage for food.
In addition to being known as a quick learner, Novi also became known as a “big boss” at the forest school.
Three years after his rescue, Novi finally became ready completely to go back to the wild last month. COP posted a video on their Facebook page in which, we can see Novi running out of his transport cage and climbing a tree, all ready to start a new life!
“The happiness we felt when he stopped and looked at us … maybe [it was to say] thank you,” COP said in a statement.
Novi was, however, a lucky baby orangutan to be rescued, unlike many others who never get found. Moreover, the lives of these orangutans are also threatened because of palm oil farming that destroys the forest they live in, and also human-wildlife conflicts. Many organizations like COP are working to save as many of these amazing animals as possible.
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