Care for Covita
BABY ORANGUTAN RESCUE
IAR Indonesia and the Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) have rescued a baby orangutan that was being kept illegally as a pet. According to her ‘owner’, the baby orangutan, named Covita, was found all alone in the forest. We do not know what happened to her mother, but we do know that a mother orangutan would never willingly leave her baby. She was most likely killed.
Covita was taken back to a local village, where she was chained up and forced to live as a pet. She was fed an inappropriate diet of rice, cashew nuts and condensed milk. Thankfully, a local villager knew that keeping a pet orangutan was illegal, and urged the man who found Covita to contact the rescue team.
The team, accompanied by the BKSDA, set off on an eight hour car journey, followed by three hours on a boat, in order to reach the very remote area where the orangutan was being kept. It was truly heart-breaking, this poor little orangutan must have suffered so much.
An examination revealed several lumps on her right thigh bone that were probably caused by an injury she sustained in the forest. She was also suffering from a painful disease that had caused some of her skin to peel off and the hair on her legs and back to fall out.
Covita is now safely at the rescue centre and has begun a quarantine period. After this, her rehabilitation will begin, where a specially trained team of vets and keepers will do everything they can to teach her the skills needed to one day survive in the wild. She has a very long way to go, and we need your help to provide her with the costly medical treatment she needs to recover.
Without your help, baby orangutans like Covita would not stand a chance of survival. Please give what you can today and help Covita recover.