Indonesian activists rescue albino orangutan

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian environmentalists have rescued a rare albino orangutan from captivity on the island of Kalimantan, a conservation charity said on Tuesday.

The five-year-old, pale-haired, blue-eyed female orangutan had been held captive by local residents in Central Kalimantan, where rampant deforestation by smallholders and plantation companies has endangered the lives and habitats of dozens of species.

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A rare 5 year-old female albino orangutan is seen after it was rescued from captivity by authorities in Kapuas Hulu district, Central Kalimantan province, Indonesia April 29, 2017 in this photo released by the wildlife conservation group Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) . 

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A rare 5 year-old female albino orangutan is seen after it was rescued from captivity by authorities in Kapuas Hulu district, Central Kalimantan province, Indonesia April 29, 2017 in this photo released by the wildlife conservation group Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) .

(BOSF/Indrayana via REUTERS)

TO GO WITH Indonesia-environment-pollution-animal,FOCUS by Dessy Sagita This photo taken on October 26, 2015 shows orangutan being fed milk by a worker after playing outside their cages at a rehabilitation centre operated by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation on the outskirts of Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan. Endangered orangutans are falling victim to a devastating haze crisis that has left them sick, malnourished and severely traumatised as fires rage through Indonesia's forests, reducing their habitat to a charred wasteland. AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO / AFP / BAY ISMOYO (Photo credit should read BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH Indonesia-environment-pollution-animal,FOCUS by Dessy Sagita This photo taken on October 26, 2015 shows an orangutan hiding under an empty sack inside its cage at a rehabilitation centre operated by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation on the outskirts of Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan. Endangered orangutans are falling victim to a devastating haze crisis that has left them sick, malnourished and severely traumatised as fires rage through Indonesia's forests, reducing their habitat to a charred wasteland. AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO / AFP / BAY ISMOYO (Photo credit should read BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH Indonesia-environment-pollution-animal,FOCUS by Dessy Sagita This photo taken on October 26, 2015 shows orangutans playing outside their cages at a rehabilitation centre operated by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation on the outskirts of Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan. Endangered orangutans are falling victim to a devastating haze crisis that has left them sick, malnourished and severely traumatised as fires rage through Indonesia's forests, reducing their habitat to a charred wasteland. AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO / AFP / BAY ISMOYO (Photo credit should read BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH Indonesia-environment-pollution-animal,FOCUS by Dessy Sagita This photo taken on October 26, 2015 shows orangutans playing outside their cages at a rehabilitation centre operated by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation on the outskirts of Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan. Endangered orangutans are falling victim to a devastating haze crisis that has left them sick, malnourished and severely traumatised as fires rage through Indonesia's forests, reducing their habitat to a charred wasteland. AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO / AFP / BAY ISMOYO (Photo credit should read BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH Indonesia-environment-pollution-animal,FOCUS by Dessy Sagita This photo taken on October 26, 2015 shows a worker feeding orangutans at a rehabilitation centre operated by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation on the outskirts of Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan. Endangered orangutans are falling victim to a devastating haze crisis that has left them sick, malnourished and severely traumatised as fires rage through Indonesia's forests, reducing their habitat to a charred wasteland. AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO / AFP / BAY ISMOYO (Photo credit should read BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH Indonesia-environment-pollution-animal,FOCUS by Dessy Sagita This photo taken on October 26, 2015 shows an orangutan looking out from inside its cage at a rehabilitation centre operated by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation on the outskirts of Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan. Endangered orangutans are falling victim to a devastating haze crisis that has left them sick, malnourished and severely traumatised as fires rage through Indonesia's forests, reducing their habitat to a charred wasteland. AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO / AFP / BAY ISMOYO (Photo credit should read BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH Indonesia-environment-pollution-animal,FOCUS by Dessy Sagita This photo taken on October 26, 2015 shows orangutans eating fruit at a rehabilitation centre operated by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation on the outskirts of Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan. Endangered orangutans are falling victim to a devastating haze crisis that has left them sick, malnourished and severely traumatised as fires rage through Indonesia's forests, reducing their habitat to a charred wasteland. AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO / AFP / BAY ISMOYO (Photo credit should read BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH Indonesia-environment-pollution-animal,FOCUS by Dessy Sagita This photo taken on October 26, 2015 shows workers walking with orangutans as they arrive from schooling in the forest at the rehabilitation centre operated by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation on the outskirts of Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan. Endangered orangutans are falling victim to a devastating haze crisis that has left them sick, malnourished and severely traumatised as fires rage through Indonesia's forests, reducing their habitat to a charred wasteland. AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO / AFP / BAY ISMOYO (Photo credit should read BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH Indonesia-environment-pollution-animal,FOCUS by Dessy Sagita This photo taken on October 26, 2015 shows an orangutan (R) climbing a tree at a rehabilitation centre operated by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation on the outskirts of Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan. Endangered orangutans are falling victim to a devastating haze crisis that has left them sick, malnourished and severely traumatised as fires rage through Indonesia's forests, reducing their habitat to a charred wasteland. AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO / AFP / BAY ISMOYO (Photo credit should read BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH Indonesia-environment-pollution-animal,FOCUS by Dessy Sagita This photo taken on October 26, 2015 shows haze caused by forest and peatland fires hanging over an orangutan rehabilitation centre operated by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation on the outskirts of Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan. Endangered orangutans are falling victim to a devastating haze crisis that has left them sick, malnourished and severely traumatised as fires rage through Indonesia's forests, reducing their habitat to a charred wasteland. AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO (Photo credit should read BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH Indonesia-environment-pollution-animal,FOCUS by Dessy Sagita This photo taken on October 26, 2015 shows an orangutan holding a worker's hand as it plays outside its cage at the rehabilitation centre operated by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation on the outskirts of Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan. Endangered orangutans are falling victim to a devastating haze crisis that has left them sick, malnourished and severely traumatised as fires rage through Indonesia's forests, reducing their habitat to a charred wasteland. AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO / AFP / BAY ISMOYO (Photo credit should read BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH Indonesia-environment-pollution-animal,FOCUS by Dessy Sagita This photo taken on October 26, 2015 shows an orangutan (back C) drinking milk held by a worker after playing outside its cage at a rehabilitation centre operated by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation on the outskirts of Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan. Endangered orangutans are falling victim to a devastating haze crisis that has left them sick, malnourished and severely traumatised as fires rage through Indonesia's forests, reducing their habitat to a charred wasteland. AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO / AFP / BAY ISMOYO (Photo credit should read BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)
NYARU MENTENG, INDONESIA: A view of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation's quarantine area for orangutan, in Nyaru Menteng, Central Kalimantan, 23 November 2006. About 62,000 orangutans are estimated to live in Indonesia, 7,500 of them in Sumatra, Forestry Minister Malam Sambat Kaban said, but experts said populations are fast declining due to deforestation and illegal animal trafficking. AFP PHOTO/Bay ISMOYO (Photo credit should read BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)
Ho Chi Minh City, VIET NAM: Edwin Wiek (R) from The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation and Cheryl Macpherson from Wildlife Friends of Thailand hold two smuggled orangutans 24 July 2006 at Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhat airport before they are airlifted back to Indonesia. Vietnam has sent back a pair of smuggled orangutans to Indonesia in a speedy repatriation. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
NYARU MENTENG, INDONESIA: A worker of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation feeds Orangutans at a quarantine area in Nyaru Menteng, Central Kalimantan, 23 November 2006. About 62,000 orangutans are estimated to live in Indonesia, 7,500 of them in Sumatra, Forestry Minister Malam Sambat Kaban said, but experts said populations are fast declining due to deforestation and illegal animal trafficking. AFP PHOTO/Bay ISMOYO (Photo credit should read BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)
PALAS ISLAND, INDONESIA: Lone Drescher-Nielsen, 40, from Denmark holds one of the six orang utans before she release the six orang utans to the jungle at Palas Island, 28km north side of Central Kalimantan, 26 January 2004. Borneo Orang Utan Survival Foundation released six orang utans they seized from the people who kept them as pet, to the nature yesterday. AFP PHOTO/BUDI SANTOSO (Photo credit should read BUDI SANTOSO/AFP/Getty Images)
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"A preliminary physical examination conducted by our medical team has determined this is an albino orangutan: her hair, eye, and skin color is paler than normal, and she is also sensitive to light," the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation said on its website. It added there was a good chance the primate could be released back into the wild soon.

Orangutans, considered critically endangered by the World Wildlife Fund, usually have brown or orange hair and dark eyes. They are native to Indonesia and Malaysia.

(Reporting by Darren Whiteside; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)

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