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Rare Albino Orangutan Discovered on Borneo

White coat and blue eyes: An extremely rare albino orangutan is discovered on the southeast Asian island of Borneo. Animal rights activists freed him from a cage.

The approximately five-year-old animal - a female - was caught last week by the inhabitants of a remote village in the jungle, as the animal protection organization Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) on Wednesday communicated.


According to estimates, only 45,000 to 65,000 orangutans live in Indonesia - including part of the island of Borneo. Reliable numbers, like many albinos are among them, there is none.
According to the animal protectionists, the villagers first placed the cops in a cage. After two days the authorities were informed. Meanwhile, he is in a BOSF shelter. A spokesman for the animal rights activist, Nico Hermanu, said the orangutan was healthy. There are indications, however, that he was involved in a fight. Dried blood can be seen on his nose in photos.


The organization has been looking after orangutans for 25 years on Borneo. An albino monkey, according to the spokesman, had never had her custody. Hermanu said, "Orangutans are rare, and albino orangutans are much rarer." The animals suffer particularly from the fact that the jungle is getting less and less due to clearing, fires and huge palm oil plantations.
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