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New king of the swingers! Baby orangutan with fear of heights learns to climb for the first time despite having BULLET lodged in his shoulder


16 August 2016 News

New king of the swingers! Baby orangutan with fear of heights learns to climb for the first time despite having BULLET lodged in his shoulder

Poppy Danby | Mail Online | 08/04/16

  • Didik, 18 months, was orphaned after it is believed his mother was shot
  • Ape was rescued by the International Animal Rescue Centre, Borneo
  • Tiny animal was 'depressed' at first but staff say he is already improving
  • Vets encourage Didik to climb with the help of porridge and fruit 

An orphaned baby orangutan is bravely learning to climb for the first time, despite having bullets lodged in his shoulders. 

Didik was rescued just a few weeks ago after it is believed his mother was shot and potentially killed.

 

Although the tiny animal was 'depressed' at first and showed a great fear of heights, the staff at the International Animal Rescue Centre (IAR) in Ketapang, West Borneo, are now helping him to get back in the trees - with the help of porridge.   

Didik the baby orangutan learning the ropes at rescue centre - for video click here.
  
 
An orphaned baby orangutan is bravely learning to climb for the first time, despite having bullets lodged in his shoulders

An orphaned baby orangutan is bravely learning to climb for the first time, despite having bullets lodged in his shoulders

After discovering Didik's love for food, vets at the centre have been encouraging him to climb by strategically placing porridge just out of his reach.

IAR team member Heribertus, said: 'Uwi [a vet] brought Didik out of the quarantine clinic to encourage him to start climbing. 

'At first he showed a real fear of heights but then Uwi placed a spoonful of porridge on a branch of the tree and on the rubber ropes and then there was no stopping him!'

Didik was rescued just a few weeks ago after it is believed his mother was shot and potentially killed

Didik was rescued just a few weeks ago after it is believed his mother was shot and potentially killed

The tiny animal was 'depressed' at first and showed a great fear of heights but is getting back in the trees with the help of porridge

The tiny animal was 'depressed' at first and showed a great fear of heights but is getting back in the trees with the help of porridge

A heartwarming video released today, shows just how far Didik has come.

The cheeky orangutan can be seen masterfully swinging from branches and ropes as he attempts to earn his delicious rewards.

Didik is now developing in other areas of his life too and has increased in weight from just 2.9kg when he arrived, to a healthy 4.9kg.

The centre claims that this is down to a hearty diet of both porridge and fruit - which they also hang up as a tempting reward for climbing.

This new lifestyle means that Didik will soon be strong enough to have the bullets removed from his body.

Dr Karmele Llano Sanchez, a vet and programme director, at IAR Indonesia, said: 'His body is very small but after examining his teeth we estimate him to be about 18 months old.

Vets at the centre have been encouraging Didik to climb by strategically placing porridge just out of his reach

Vets at the centre have been encouraging Didik to climb by strategically placing porridge just out of his reach

The cheeky orangutan can now be seen masterfully swinging from branches and ropes as he attempts to earn his delicious rewards

'Most likely his mother has been shot, even killed.

'Tragically, quite often when adult orangutans are shot their babies are hit and die too.'

Alongside his 'alarming' physical condition, Didik also suffered mentally from the loss of his mother.

Didik is now developing in other areas of his life too and has increased in weight from just 2.9kg when he arrived, to a healthy 4.9kg
His means that Didik will soon be strong enough to have the bullets removed from his body

Dr Sanchez, said: 'For an animal like an orangutan, witnessing the death of its mother is a profoundly shocking experience.

'That is undoubtedly why Didik looks so sad and depressed.

'It will take a long time for him to recover from the terrible trauma he has been through and start to take an interest in his surroundings.' 

Alongside his 'alarming' physical condition, Didik also suffered mentally from the loss of his mother
The animal charity are already convinced that they have seen a change in Didik

However, the charity are already convinced that they have seen a change in Didik. 

Alan Knight OBE, IAR Chief Executive, said: “It was heartbreaking to see Didik with such a look of sadness and pain in his eyes but thankfully already he has improved almost beyond recognition. 

'He has developed a hearty appetite and is now active and inquisitive.' 

Staff say that the baby orangutan has already 'improved beyond recognition' despite only being at the centre for a few weeks

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