This is the moment an orphaned baby orangutan squeals in pain after being found with a bullet lodged in his shoulder.
Charity International Animal Rescue released a short video of the heartbreaking moment the baby orangutan squeals as he is washed by rescuers.
The tiny 18-month-old ape, named Didik, was left severely traumatised and injured after witnessing the death of his mother in Borneo, Malaysia.
Didik was handed over to a shopkeeper named Cuan who cared for him and fed him milk formula for three days while he searched for someone who could better care for him.
He said: “A man gave the orangutan to me and then left in a hurry without explanation.”
Didik is now recovering in the IAR’s orangutan rescue centre where he is receiving treatment for a severe fungal skin condition and an eye infection and recovering from the trauma he has witnessed.
Dr Karmele Llano Sanchez, veterinarian and programme director of IAR Indonesia, said: “For an animal like an orangutan, witnessing the death of its mother is a profoundly shocking experience.
“That is undoubtedly why Didik looks so sad and depressed.
“It will take a long time for him to recover from the terrible trauma he has been through and start to take an interest in his surroundings.”
IAR’s Chief Executive Alan Knight said that while his mother can not be given back to him, the charity will do everything to release him back to the wild.
He said: “It is heartbreaking to see a young animal with such a look of sadness and pain in his eyes.
“Didik has already suffered terrible trauma in his short life.
“Now it is up to our team of vets and carers to help him recover, both mentally and physically.
“He will spend years at our centre with more than 100 other orangutans that are being prepared for release back into the wild one day.
“We can’t give Didik back his mother but we will do all we can to give him back his freedom.”
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