Heartbreaking rescue of orangutan that was kept for 2 years in small wooden box
An orangutan in Borneo has been set free, after being trapped in a small wooden box he's called home for half his life.
And the video of his rescue will break your heart.
The 4-year-old orangutan, named Kotap, was held in a box measuring 10 square feet for two years, and he only had an empty plastic bottle and a straw to play with.
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That is, until the International Animal Rescue teamed with local officials to rescue him.
At first, Kotap appears hesitant to leave the box where he's lived for the past two years.
And even after his rescue, being around strangers made him understandably anxious.
It's a sad story that has repercussions beyond Kotap himself.
With the program director for IAR Indonesia explaining:
"It's high time people [realized] that, if they keep breaking the law by capturing orangutans and keeping or selling them as pets, then the species will soon become extinct."
Fortunately, Kotap has since been taken back to a rescue center, where he'll be around other rescued orangutans while he recovers.
Kotap will remain at the center until he is well enough to return to the forest where he's meant to be.