Adorable video shows neglected baby orangutan who was kept in chicken coop making new friends
Budi, the baby orangutan who was kept in a chicken coop in West Borneo by his cruel owner, is making remarkable progress in new video footage which shows him eating with his new best friend.
Tiny Budi melted hearts around the globe when his horrific story of neglect came to light in January.
The youngster was found on the brink of death by animal charity International Animal Rescue, after being crammed into a chicken coop and fed only condensed milk for the first ten months of his life.
The pitiful little primate was in a critical condition, malnutrition had left his body bloated and his limbs swollen and bent.
At just over a year old Budi should have been strong enough to climb and swing, instead he was as helpless as a new-born baby.
Footage of Budi crying in pain as vets gently propped him up to feed him moved many people to tears.
At first he was so weak that he couldn’t even open his mouth and in the first few weeks Budi’s food had to be pureed because he didn’t know how to chew.
But thanks to thousands of pounds in donations, Budi, who is now 15 months old, is being nursed back to health and new video footage of him happily feeding himself with his new best friend, Jemmi, is a far cry from the frightened baby who used to scream out in pain every time he was moved.
Best buddies, Budi and Jemmi, are now inseparable and always eat, sleep and play together.
Alan Knight OBE, CEO of International Animal Rescue, said: “The change in Budi during recent weeks has been astonishing.
“He is no longer the pitiful, helpless little creature we rescued in December.
“I know Budi’s fans and followers around the world have been longing for the sight of him playing with another baby orangutan.
“When they see this video they won’t be disappointed. This first meeting is a milestone in the development of both babies.
“As they start to form bonds with each other and then with other orangutans in baby school, they will learn from each other how to behave in the forest and gradually shed their dependence on their human babysitters.
“We couldn’t be happier to see how well Budi is getting on with his new playmate.
“Our vets and carers at the centre in Ketapang are doing a phenomenal job rehabilitating him and the many other rescued orangutans whose lives now depend on us.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the team and I couldn’t be more grateful to the members of the public who are supporting our work.
“The video clips and photos of the orangutans looking healthy and happy are the best “thank you” we can give people for their help.”