Rickina is a baby orangutan who was lucky enough to be rescued by the Ketapang Orangutan Rescue Center in West Kalimantan, Borneo. The man who had Rickina claimed that when he came across her and her mother in the forest, the mother ran off, abandoning Rickina. This is a little hard to believe. Orangutans, like other great apes, have strong bonds and maternal instincts. She wouldn’t just run off leaving her baby because she was startled. It would take a lot more than that. She would have fought for her baby. There’s not much way of knowing what really happened.
Unfortunately, orangutans are critically endangered in the wild. Instances like this don’t help their situation. Lucky for Rickina, she was confiscated and is now being looked after by people who care and with members of her own species.
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