Virtually, that is. For Orangutan Awareness Week, meet Krismon!
Most of the orangutans rescued by the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme are very young. Baby orangutans are so cute, and these are the most popular for virtual adoptions. But Krismon's story got to me. I wanted to know how his story would turn out. His rehabilitation will be so difficult.
Krismon's mother was killed in 1997. A member of the Indonesian army took the adorable baby home to be a family pet. Small and cute, he was raised like a human child and even went on family vacations. But - he grew.
So Krismon was placed in a tiny rusty cage. He was fed only rice and occasionally table scraps.
|Finally rescued from this.|
|Life is looking up for Krismon!|
As of September, Krismon has successfully transitioned to a normal diet of fruit, vegetables, and seeds. He is in a much larger cage now where he can move and exercise his atrophied muscles.
The update concludes:
"Although he still faces a very long road to recovery, Krismon is well on his way to becoming a healthy and happy adult male orangutan."
If you'd like to adopt Krismon, or might want to adopt another of the orphans at Orangutan Outreach, click here.