Post link 12 June 2015, 6:55
15:44, 11 JUNE 2015 BY EMMA BAKER mirror.co.uk

Orangutan orphanage: Baby apes go to 'forest school' in wheelbarrow after being rescued from captivity

The super-cute primates are being taught to climb, play and survive by staff at International Animal Rescue in Borneo before they are released into the wild

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Go ape: The baby orangutans are taken to 'forest school' in a wheelbarrow

These cute baby orangutans look like they're having a wheel-y great time - as they're pushed along in a barrow.

Clinging to each other, the adorable apes were recently rescued from captivity.

The super-cute snaps were captured by International Animal Rescue staff at their rehabilitation centre in Ketapang, West Kalimantan, in the Indonesian part of Borneo.

The youngsters - many of whom grew up in captivity as pets before being rescued - are being taught to climb, play and fend for themselves ahead of eventually being released back into their natural habitat.

Lis Key, Communications Manager for International Animal Rescue (IAR), said: "These orangutans are brought into the IAR centre for veterans treatment and rehabilitation."

"It can take years for these animals to develop the skills and the strength they need to survive in the forest.

"In the meantime they progress form baby school, where babies and very young infants learn to climb and play with other young orangutans, on to forest school.

"Here older infants are given more freedom to behave as they would in the wild, foraging for food, building nests and even sleeping out in the forest overnight if they so choose."

International Animal Rescue says it has more than 80 orangutans in its care, the majority of which are babies or infants.

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Nice ride: The super-cute primates don't like walking to school - just like most children


At dawn each day they are taken from their home to baby or forest school in wheelbarrows due to the distance.

Lis added: "Human toddlers often protest at walking any great distance – and orangutans are no different.

"So wheelbarrows are used to speed up the process, enabling the vets and carers of the orangutans to ferry them from their night cages out into the forest in a fraction of the time it would take to carry them or walk with them.

"Inevitably this does involve the occasional thrills and spills.

"Some individuals sit quietly and enjoy the ride, others opt to bail out early, particularly on the return journey if they're not too keen on going home to bed.

"But most seem to enjoy the ride, though some cling tightly to each other with a somewhat anxious expression."

One wheelbarrow can accommodate up to ten or 11 orang-utans depending on its size and on average they get through 80 wheelbarrows a year.

CatersTime for some r&r: The animals are being treated and taught how to fend for themselves
But Lis said: "The wheelbarrows don't last long on the bumpy tracks at the orangutan centre and in the Indonesian humidity.

"So we're constantly appealing for more funds to buy new wheelbarrows.

"It's no fun pushing a barrow full of primates around with a flat tyre, that's for sure."


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