Saturday 23 September 2017

The public have been asked to name this rare albino orangutan rescued in Borneo

And the suggestions haven’t actually been as ridiculous as you might expect.

By Kameron Virk

A rare albino orangutan has been rescued in Borneo, and now the foundation that saved her needs help with a name.

The five-year-old was rescued by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOS) after being held captive by villagers for two days.

Bornean orangutans are critically endangered, and albino ones are even rarer to see, but thankfully this one is already showing signs of recovering her health.

She arrived at the foundation in a frail condition, with a poor appetite and weighing just 8.3kg, but that has already risen to over 12kg since being rescued at the end of April.

Her health will continue to observed, but while she’s recovering it’s hoped a suitable name can be found.

“It is very rare to find an albino orangutan, and considering the significant conservation challenges wild orangutans face, we want that to be recognised in her name,” Dr Jamartin Sihite, BOS Foundation CEO, said.

And people have been obliging.

Other suggestions from the Foundation’s Facebook and Instagram include Kartini, after Raden Adjeng Kartini, an Indonesian woman who fought for women’s rights at the beginning of the 20th century, and the word white in plenty of different languages.

One of these was always to be expected, though…

To name the orangutan just #albinoorangutan with your suggestion, or email name@orangutan.or.id.

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