Help Gito Today
Our team in Borneo are currently providing 24 hour intensive care to a baby orangutan that had been dumped in a filthy cardboard box and left out in the sun to die. He is critically ill, suffering from a highly contagious parasitic skin infection.
When our rescue team reached baby Gito, at first they feared he was already dead. Even our most hardened rescuers were shocked by the state he was in, it was one of the worst cases of neglect they had ever seen.
Gito’s arms were folded corpse-like across his tiny body and he looked almost mummified in his cardboard coffin. Gito had barely any hair on his body and his skin was grey and flaking from sarcoptic mange. The constant itching and pain must have been excruciating.
It is incredible that Gito was still alive when our team got to him.
Gito was rushed straight to our rescue centre for urgent treatment and was immediately put on a drip and course of medication to treat him for dehydration, malnutrition and the severe skin infection.
The medical team also began massaging oil into his skin to soften it and to try and relieve the terrible discomfort it was causing.The video below shows our amazing team caring for Gito when he first arrived at the centre.
Gito’s skin infection is highly contagious and he is being kept in quarantine with every precaution to prevent disease transmission in place. But that hasn’t stopped our vets and nurses providing Gito with the treatment and loving care he needs to survive.
We’ll never know exactly what happened to Gito in the first few months of his life. It’s likely his mother was brutally killed and her traumatised baby was torn from her warm body and taken into captivity.
Fed on just condensed milk, he was so weak from lack of food that he couldn’t even sit up.
In spite of the shocking state Gito was in, we are all hopeful that in time he will return to health.
Please donate what you can today to help us end poor Gito’s suffering. He won’t survive without us and we cannot continue our work without your support.