Watch: Baby orangutan and surrogate mum investigate film camera
Anggun and Monti were paired together after both losing their parents.
Conservationists from West Borneo have shared delightful footage of a baby orangutan and her new surrogate mother.
Little Anggun was being filmed hanging out with her adopted mum Monti when she decided she rather liked the look of the camera equipment – so went to take a closer look.
This special video shows rescued orangutan Monti taking on a new role as a surrogate mother to a tiny, orphaned orangutan named Anggun.#orangutans #apes #mother #caring #amazing #beautiful #animals #animalrescue pic.twitter.com/QBrOhphVWp— IAR (Animal Rescue) (@IAR_updates) October 29, 2018
The baby ape was being kept as a pet until she was confiscated by police and taken into the care of International Animal Rescue (IAR)’s Orangutan Conservation Centre in Ketapang.
After being separated from her mother, Anggun was paired with Monti at the centre who has been looking after her since.
Anggun was first placed in a cage alongside Monti, before moving in together – when to the delight of their caretakers, Monti took the tiny baby into her arms and provided her with comfort.
Monti has been at the centre for nine years in preparation for being released back into the wild and it is hoped she will teach Anggun the skills needed to survive.
“After suffering the sad loss of their own mothers, both Monti and Anggun seem to be deriving great comfort from each other,” said IAR’s CEO ALan Knight.
“Which gives us real hope for their future back in the wild together.”