Abandoned In A Chicken Coop, This Baby Orangutan Finally Finds A Friend He Can TrustFamilyPet
Septian has lived more heartache in his little life that any animal should have to endure. As a baby, he and his mother were found by workers clearing their area of the rainforest. Despite being innocent animals, the workers savagely killed Septian’s mother and captured the baby orangutan.
Once back in their village, the workers sold the baby animal to a local farmer for about $14. Septian’s life continued to get worse, as the farmer locked him in a chicken coop and turned him into a spectacle. For months, the baby orangutan was treated like an attraction. He was passed around for pictures and neglected in the cage when nobody had any interest. He survived off of random scraps that visitors would give him, which meant that he didn’t eat most days.
Fortunately, the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program was made aware about Septian’s situation and were able to raid the location with the help of the local police. Several other animals were rescued from the horrid conditions as well.
The discovery of the baby orangutan was shocking to rescuers. The Dodo reports that one of the veterinarians that was tasked with taking care of Septian said he was extremely emaciated and in devastating health.
After several days of intensive care and rehabilitation, Septian was able to be moved to the infant area of the facility. This is where he would meet his new best friend. Seroja was another baby orangutan that had suffered a similar fate. His mother was killed when he was a baby and he was taken captive and raised with very minimal care.
The two primates quickly built a bond and have helped each other heal from their traumatic pasts. As Septian made incredible progress, the staff knew he was ready to be moved to a wildlife retreat. Unfortunately, Seroja had to stay behind to continue his progress. The staff hopes to reunite the best friends within the next year. Despite being separated from his friend, volunteers say Septian is doing well and adapting to his new environment. The orangutan has finally found a safe home in the Gunung Leuser National Park in North Sumatra, Indonesia.
For more on Septian’s story and journey, you can get more information from The Dodo. If you would like to find out how you can help save the life of a baby orangutan, visit the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program’s official website.