Orangutan rescued from river by conservationists in Indonesia

An orangutan trapped in the swollen waters of Lesan river in the East Kalimatan province of Indonesia after torrential rains was rescued by staff of the Centre for Orangutan Protection (COP) on March 12.

Video of the incident, which has garnered 64,000 views within a week, shows Paulinus and Wety Nurpiana, workers of COP Borneo, using tree branches to help the orangutan climb out of the water.

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A female of the orangutan with a cub in a native habitat.The cub of the orangutan kisses mum. Borneo Rainforest. (Pongo pygmaeus). Indonesia
A female Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) Sulli (R) gives a hug to her partner Peek while their five-month-old baby female clings to her at Bioparc Fuengirola in Fuengirola, near Malaga, southern Spain, September 12, 2016. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
A five-month-old baby female Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) sits on her mother Sulli at Bioparc Fuengirola in Fuengirola, near Malaga, southern Spain, September 12, 2016. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 25: Orangutan Fei Fei holds a male cub in her arm at Shanghai Zoo on November 25, 2016 in Shanghai, China. Orangutan Fei Fei gave birth to a male cub at Shanghai Zoo on October 26. The male cub's father Bin Bin and his mother Fei Fei came to Shanghai Zoo from Philippines in July in 2012. It's the first successful reproduction of Orangutan at Shanghai Zoo. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 25: Orangutan Fei Fei holds a male cub in her arm at Shanghai Zoo on November 25, 2016 in Shanghai, China. Orangutan Fei Fei gave birth to a male cub at Shanghai Zoo on October 26. The male cub's father Bin Bin and his mother Fei Fei came to Shanghai Zoo from Philippines in July in 2012. It's the first successful reproduction of Orangutan at Shanghai Zoo. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
NORTH SUMATRA, INDONESIA - NOVEMBER 10: Baby sumatran orangutans (Pongo abelii) playing around the trees as they train at Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme's rehabilitation center on November 10, 2016 in Kuta Mbelin, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The Orangutans in Indonesia have been known to be on the verge of extinction as a result of deforestation and poaching. Found mostly in South-East Asia, where they live on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo, the endangered species continue to lose their habitat as a result of corporate expansion in a developing economy. Indonesia approved palm oil concessions on nearly 15 million acres of peatlands over the past years and thousands of square miles have been cleared for plantations, including the lowland areas that are the prime habitat for orangutans. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
MEMPHIS - OCTOBER 02: Orangutan at the Memphis Zoo in Memphis, Tennessee on October 2, 2016. (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)
This picture taken on August 4, 2016 shows an orphaned orangutan baby holding on to the leg of an animal welfare worker, as they travel from 'jungle school' a lunch area at the International Animal Rescue centre outside the city of Ketapang in West Kalimantan. Ignoring the shrieks of his rowdy, wrestling classmates, baby orangutan Otan practises swinging alone at his 'jungle school' on Borneo island, switching hands and hanging upside down as he builds confidence high above the forest floor. The three-year-old is learning to fend for himself since being found wandering a palm oil plantation, alone and suffering smoke inhalation, at the height of fires last year that razed huge swathes of rainforest in Indonesia's part of Borneo. / AFP / BAY ISMOYO / TO GO WITH AFP STORY: 'INDONESIA-CONSERVATION-ENVIRONMENT-ANIMAL-ORANGUTAN / FEATURE BY NICK PERRY (Photo credit should read BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)
This picture taken on August 4, 2016 shows three orphaned orangutan babies hanging in a tree whilst attending 'jungle school' at the International Animal Rescue centre outside the city of Ketapang in West Kalimantan. Ignoring the shrieks of his rowdy, wrestling classmates, baby orangutan Otan practises swinging alone at his 'jungle school' on Borneo island, switching hands and hanging upside down as he builds confidence high above the forest floor. The three-year-old is learning to fend for himself since being found wandering a palm oil plantation, alone and suffering smoke inhalation, at the height of fires last year that razed huge swathes of rainforest in Indonesia's part of Borneo. / AFP / BAY ISMOYO / TO GO WITH AFP STORY: 'INDONESIA-CONSERVATION-ENVIRONMENT-ANIMAL-ORANGUTAN / FEATURE BY NICK PERRY (Photo credit should read BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)
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Asia's only great apes, orangutans of Borneo and Sumatra, live in the rain forests and spend nearly all their lives in trees where they build nests for sleep. Although they enjoy occasional splash in the water they generally cannot swim, Ken Hardi, the founder of COP in Borneo told Reuters in an email.

The rescue saved the animal, which had probably fallen into the river out of a tree, from drowning.

Founded in 2007, COP works to protect orangutans in their natural habitats.

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