BABY ORANGUTAN ON THE MEND AFTER BEING CRAMMED INTO A CHICKEN COOP LEAVING HIM DEFORMED
By Hayley Pugh
A baby orangutan who was left deformed after being crammed into a chicken coop for most of his short life is recovering after being rescued by a UK animal charity.
Tiny Budi was squashed into a chicken coop in Ketapang, West Borneo and fed only condensed milk for ten months, almost immediately after being born.
Due to lack of nutrition and a small space in which to move, the malnourished orangutan was unable to grow properly and his bones became malformed causing his limbs to swell and bend.
Poor Budi was on the brink of death when he was recused by animal charity, International Animal Rescue (IAR), which are now nursing the youngster back to health.
Since highlighting his plight, IAR has received more than £50,000 in donations and Budi, who was too weak to even open his mouth at first is now eating and responding well to treatment.
Vet, Karmele L Sanchez, IAR’s Programme Director in Indonesia, said: “When we first found him his eyes filled with tears every time he was moved by the doctors and he screamed in pain.
“It's really amazing that Budi has been able to survive this long. We cannot even begin to imagine how much pain this small baby has suffered.”
Alan Knight OBE, Chief Executive at IAR said: “Budi has won the hearts of people across the world and we’re overwhelmed and delighted by the generosity the public has shown in supporting his treatment and care.
“It’s an absolute joy to see the transformation in him and know that he is no longer in pain. It’s a great testimony to the skill and dedication of our team that Budi is progressing so well. And clearly he is a little fighter with a strong will to survive.
“Thanks to everyone who is helping to pay for his treatment and care, he has the best possible chance of a full recovery.
"We really hope people will continue to follow and support his journey back to full health.
"He still has a long road ahead of him and will be at our centre for several years to come, so we need all the help we can get with his rehabilitation in the hope that one day he will be fit to return to the forest and fend for himself.
Vet, Christine Nelson, said: “When Budi first arrived he didn’t even have the muscle strength to open his own mouth. The vets would have to press the sides of his mouth gently so it would open wide enough for them to get the food into him.
“Now though, Budi is willingly opening his mouth to eat.”