Baby orangutan and mother set free after ordeal
This video shows an adorable baby orangutan and her doting mother clambering freely through the verdant jungle after being released back into the wild.
Mum, Ah Foo, 25, and her 18-month-old baby Kebaco swing joyously from the trees after a three-month stint in quarantined captivity.
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The pair were rescued from an oil palm plantation after a concerned farmer raised the alarm amid preparations for the harvest – which would have destroyed their home and put them in serious danger.
The team took the mum and baby to the Sabah Wildlife Unit in Borneo, Malaysia, to screen them for any disease before being released to set up their new home amongst fellow great apes in the Tabin Nature Reserve in Borneo in May.
There are two species of orangutans and both are considered endangered. Human activities have caused severe declines in populations and threats include poaching, habitat destruction and illegal pet trade.
Orangutans are known to be among the most intelligent primates and have been extensively studied for their learning abilities. They're able to use a variety of sophisticated tools and build elaborate sleeping nests each night from foliage and branches.
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